City Manager Dana McDaniel, in alignment with Governor Mike DeWine’s lifting of the state of emergency for Ohio, has lifted the City of Dublin’s state of emergency, signaling a transition toward the recovery phase of the global COVID-19 emergency situation.
McDaniel issued the state of emergency March 17, 2020, activating the Dublin Emergency Operations Center and calling on all City employees and residents to comply with emergency measures and cooperate with public officials.
“The safety of our public and employees remains our highest priority,” McDaniel says. “While we are moving to the recovery phase of this global emergency, we will remain vigilant regarding any resurgence of the virus and do our best to protect against that.”
Governor DeWine announced June 17 that Ohio’s state of emergency would be lifted June 18. He urges those who have not yet received the vaccine to find a clinic near them by visiting gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
McDaniel also encourages residents to get vaccinated and remain vigilant.
“We will continue to work closely with public health officials to promote the necessary protocols to keep people safe and the pandemic at bay,” McDaniel says. “Protocols will remain focused on maintaining sanitization efforts, recommending people stay home if feeling ill and encouraging vaccination.”
While health and safety remain critical, the City is also focused on economic recovery and reaching the strong momentum achieved prior to the pandemic.
“I greatly appreciate Dublin City Council’s leadership and support of this emergency declaration and the actions we took during the pandemic to protect our community and our employees. Their service and sacrifice to keep our local democracy active, strong and engaged despite the difficulties have been commendable,” McDaniel says.
Lifting the state of emergency means that the executive orders temporarily expanding outdoor dining and eating areas, temporarily permitting portable nonresidential structures, and allowing for more prominent signage are now revoked. However, anticipating the need to focus on economic recovery, City Council passed Resolution 34-21 May 24, 2021, to allow certain temporary permit provisions to continue in support of our recovering restaurant and hospitality industry.
The City is pleased to see activities returning to normal and residents reconnecting and being active. Special events and programs are resuming to the fullest extent possible this year so residents, businesses and visitors can experience a much more fun and engaging summer.
McDaniel acknowledges the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic but recognizes City of Dublin employees for staying focused and following the proper protocols throughout the pandemic.
“We are proud of the many essential and non-essential services we have been able to provide to our residents, businesses and visitors during the pandemic. Our employees stayed active in the workplace to provide these essential services. They are truly heroes in my mind and they definitely went the extra mile,” McDaniel says.