City of Lakewood: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Response UpdateMarch 23, 2020
The Ohio Department of Health has issued a Stay at Home order which becomes effective at 11:59 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020. Click here read the full order which explains the parameters of the order and lists all of the businesses and organizations that are permitted to stay open. Click here to read the Ohio Department of Health’s FAQs regarding the Stay at Home order.
Here is a listing of the most recent updates:
- In the interest of public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lakewood Municipal Court is modifying its operations effective Monday, March 23, 2020. The court will only be open between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon through April 17, 2020 for any personal appearances.
- Per the Stay at Home order, all playgrounds are now closed. The City is working on putting up signage at each of the city playgrounds. City parks will remain open.
- After a review of policies and procedures by Lakewood Police Department, it was decided that the volume of traffic supports suspending rush hour enforcement. This will be in alignment with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order which ends on 4/6. Polices will be reviewed again at that time.
- The City has established the Small Business Rent Relief fund in order to support the vibrancy of Lakewood’s commercial corridors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit http://www.lakewoodoh.gov/covid19businessresources/ for more information.
- City hall is closed to the public unless you have an appointment with a city department. The operations of Lakewood Municipal Court will continue to operate on a limited basis within City Hall. Those with business before the Court will be permitted to enter as usual. All other visitors must have an appointment.
- While City Hall is unavailable for in-person transactions, all departments and divisions are working and can be reached by their normal telephone numbers and email addresses. For a list of city department contact information, visit http://www.lakewoodoh.gov/directory/. While we do have staff working from home, phone calls and emails are being answered and voicemail messages are being returned.
Cuyahoga County has established a Coronavirus hotline. Individuals can call 1-855-711-3035 with questions about the Coronavirus. This hotline is in addition to the Ohio Department of Health’s call center (216) 1-833-427-5634 and MetroHealth’s help line (440)-592-6843.
As a reminder, the City asks that residents take the following precautions:
- Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
- Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites: