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Update from the Governor's Office

WHERE WE ARE NOW

Ohio is experiencing a more intense surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions across the entire state.

In September, Ohio averaged under 1,000 cases a day. Today, Ohio reported our second highest number of cases at nearly 5,900. Some believe that the only reason we are seeing more cases is because more testing is being done. We do have more testing available throughout the state, but while testing has not yet doubled, cases have almost quadrupled.

Last week, Ohio had just under 2,000 COVID patients in hospitals throughout the state. But today, one week later, Ohio is approaching 3,000 patients. A month ago, 240 patients with COVID were in the ICU receiving critical care. As of today, more than 700 Ohioans are in the ICU.

We know how to beat this virus. We need to stick to the basics: wash your hands; wear your mask even when you’re with friends and family; stay socially distanced; work from home when you can; and stay at home when you are sick.

We cannot pick and choose when we follow this guidance. We have to follow it every single day if we want to beat this virus.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

New Mask Order
  • Most businesses are doing a good job ensuring that COVID-19 safety guidelines are being followed. However, it is clear that there are some businesses where mask-wearing is lacking.
  • We have a responsibility to employees and customers to ensure that Ohio’s businesses are as safe as possible. Governor DeWine will ask the Department of Health to reissue the mask order that’s been in place since July 23rd to include the following new provisions:
    • Each business will be required to post a Face Covering Requirement sign at each public entrance. Attached is a printable sign that businesses can use.
    • Each business will be responsible for ensuring that customers and employees are wearing masks. A new Retail Compliance Unit, led by the Bureau of Workers Compensation, will be inspecting to ensure retail compliance. A first violation of this order will bring about a written warning and a second violation will bring about closure of the store for up to 24 hours.
  New Social Gathering Order
  • There has been an order in place since April to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people.
  • Despite the order, there is rampant spread of the virus from banquets, wedding receptions, and social gatherings following funerals. It’s not the ceremonies, it is at the parties afterwards.
  • A new order will place significant new restrictions on these social activities. Open congregate areas can no longer be open. The new order requires everyone to be seated and masked unless they are actively consuming food or drinks and prohibits things such as dancing and games. I will send a copy of the order as soon as it’s available.
 

Restaurants/Bars/Gyms If the trend continues and cases keep increasing, we will be forced to close restaurants, bars, and gyms one week from tomorrow (11/19). These are locations where it is difficult or impossible to maintain mask-wearing. Mask wearing is our chief way of slowing down the spread of the virus.

Schools
  • The vast majority of our K-12 schools are doing a fantastic job. However, a surge in communities threatens a districts’ ability to keep teachers in the classroom.
  • Our colleges and universities have taken strong action to keep their cases low and their campuses safe. Many have agreed to not return to in-person learning after Thanksgiving for the remainder of the semester. Unless we dramatically slow the community spread of this virus, higher education institutions may have to remain virtual when classes begin in January.


MORPC Central Ohio Coronavirus Data Hub

Find useful resources like translation services; updates on national, regional, state and local government and community resources; healthcare/hospital information; business/economic development, transportation and utility information. Data Resource Hub



What’s Open and Closed in Dublin

Open
  • Dublin soccer fields (for supervised training camps only)
  • Dublin outdoor basketball courts (no scrimmages or games)
  • Dublin sand and grass volleyball courts
  • Dublin playgrounds
  • Dublin park restrooms (except Ballantrae Community Park restroom)
  • Dublin Community Recreation Center (Know Before You Go)
  • City office buildings (by appointment only)
  • Tennis and pickleball courts
  • Baseball, softball and cricket fields
  • Skate park

Closed at This Time
  • Park shelters
  • Water fountains
  • Ballantrae Community Park splash pad (closed for the season)
  • Dublin Community Recreation Center’s following areas:
    • Hot tub/Spa
    • Locker room showers
    • Teen Lounge
    • Senior Lounge
    • Personal Training

Statewide Mask Order

Governor Mike DeWine issued a State Order which went into effect for all citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties on Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. All individuals in Ohio, 10 years and older, must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:
  • At an indoor location that is not a residence
  • Outdoors, when unable to maintain a consistent six-foot physical distance from people who are not household members
  • Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.
  • More information and exclusion at: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home

Franklin County Board of Health Executive Order Mandates Face Coverings

On July 14th, 2020, the Franklin County Board of Health issued an Executive Order requiring all residents and visitors in Franklin County to wear a face covering indoors, except at a residence, and outdoors where consistent six-feet of physical distance can’t consistently be maintained. Children under 10 are not required to wear a face covering, and there are a few other exceptions noted in the Order. The Order applies to all of the City of Dublin (including portions in Union and Delaware Counties) as Franklin County Public Health is the City’s health agency. View the County Order

Face Mask FAQs


Dublin Cares: Connecting When it Matters Most

Our community is united in offering support to one another during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn how you can request help, share resources with those in need, or volunteer to help support our local social service providers..

Business & Employee Resources

The City has issued an Executive Order Regarding Temporary Signs to Advertise Local Businesses During the COVID-19 State of Emergency

COVID-19 is presenting unprecedented challenges for businesses and the workforce. One Columbus, the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, has compiled a list of programs and resources available to employers and employees.

JobsOhio also has a list of resources for companies affected by the coronavirus.

Help protect the public against the spread of COVID-19: State Guidelines for Testing Employees

Ohio Resources for Economic Support for Individuals and families, small businesses and non-profits.

Franklin County Commissioners Announce Support for Struggling Small Businesses and Employees

City Services

Not Impacted at This Time. City buildings are open to the public, you must wear a face covering to enter. City services are continuing as scheduled. That is subject to change during this rapidly evolving public health crisis. We will keep you posted on the City's response to this situation on our social media platforms and here on our website.

Development Department

Building permit activity can be conducted online at the links below. Counter staff are prepared to take your calls at 614.410.4670. If absolutely necessary, staff will meet in person by appointment only. Inspections will be scheduled online and by phone. Planning applications, submissions and review can be done online and/or with assistance by phone at 614-410-4600.

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