I am sure we can all agree that the last few days and weeks have been unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before. Because the coronavirus outbreak is evolving so rapidly, I wanted to update you on a few important cancellations and changes designed to continue the aggressive social distancing practices to slow the spread of coronavirus in Ohio.
1. There will be NO VOTING TODAY.
As of late last night, by order of the Ohio Director of PUblic Health, all in-person voting scheduled for today has been canceled
. Pending further action, Governor DeWine is recommending that voting be extended until June 2 - this includes voting by absentee ballot and in-person voting on June 2. We will provide details as they become available.
2. Governor DeWine has announced additional mandatory business closings including fitness centers, gyms, movie theaters, recreation centers, indoor water parks and bowling alleys.
3. As you know, the Governor has closed all bars and restaurants until further notice, except for carry out food and delivery. Our Economic Development staff has compiled a list
of Shaker businesses that will be providing carry out and delivery services during this shutdown. If you are able, please support these businesses. While the mandatory closure of these establishments is necessary, it is going to be extremely hard on our small business community so let’s support them within the guidelines set forth by the Governor.
4. Effective Wednesday, March 18, City Hall, Thornton Park and the Community Building will be closed to the public except for limited service by appointment only. Rest assured that the City staff will continue to be working, but in an effort to protect the health of employees and the public, we are asking the public to give us a call at 491-1400 if you need to conduct business with the City. We appreciate your understanding.
5. In the coming days and weeks, there will be many people in need of support and assistance. The City’s staff is reaching out to our residents and businesses alike to support them in every way we can. And we are engaged with a wide range of community partners and the faith-based community, among others, to assist us in these efforts. The generosity of our community has already been demonstrated by many who have offered to donate supplies or assist those in need – especially the most vulnerable in our community. We will reach out the community as specifics regarding needed donations and services are identified.
We are facing an unprecedented situation and we have difficult days and weeks ahead as our daily routine continues to be so dramatically disrupted. Please try to bridge the gap caused by social distancing by finding creative ways to keep in touch with your friends and family. Knowing the resilience and creativity of this community, I have no doubt that we will eventually hear about many ways Shaker residents found to safely stay connected and support each other through this challenging time.
David E. Weiss