Beginning tonight (3/23/2020) at midnight, all of us in the State of Ohio will be under a Stay at Home order, directed by the Governor and Ohio Department of Health Director. This order is necessary to protect ourselves, our families, neighbors and our entire community by stopping the spread of COVID-19. It is critical that we take this order seriously and stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to pick up essential food and supplies, medicines, or seek medical help. The City of Worthington is in complete support of this order and urges our citizens to cooperate.
In order to be prepared and responsive to the evolving crisis and have the logistical and legal tools needed to assure the continuity of City services, City Manager Matt Greeson has issued a proclamation declaring a State of Civil Emergency in the City of Worthington effective immediately.
The proclamation follows a public health emergency declaration by Worthington’s health agency, Columbus Public Health, as well as a State of Emergency in the State of Ohio as declared by the Governor, and a National Emergency declared by the President of the United States.
Worthington’s codified ordinances provide that the City Manager can proclaim a civil emergency in order to protect the life and property of the citizens of Worthington. The proclamation authorizes City department and division directors to modify staffing assignments and duties as becomes necessary and authorizes emergency purchases essential to the continuation of services to all Worthington citizens and businesses.
The proclamation further directs all citizens to comply with emergency orders and directs City employees to exercise due diligence in their duties during the emergency. The proclamation remains in effect for one month, unless it is extended, modified, or earlier terminated by the City Manager or a majority vote of City Council.
The City has already taken vital action to ensure the health and safety of employees and the public by closing all City facilities and coordinating work from home provisions so vital City services can continue.
The City of Worthington and other government agencies, essential businesses and service providers will continue to answer your calls, provide essential services, and serve the critical needs of our community. If you must go out, we encourage you to follow the advice of health experts and practice safe social distancing, wash your hands, and follow sanitary guidelines. If you have questions about what constitutes essential travel, business operations, or employment under the state order, you can view the order online or call the Ohio Department of Health hotline at 1-833-427-5634.
These are challenging times and we appreciate your support and understanding as we work through this together. We encourage you to seek information from health experts and continue to support and be kind to your neighbors. Remember these are temporary measures to protect the health and safety of our community. For more information on City service changes and vital health and community resources, visit the links provided here on this website.
3/23/2020 Columbus Public Health situation update
Stay at Home Order from the Ohio Department of Health
Stay at Home Frequently Asked Questions
All City buildings are closed to the public. See service delivery information here
Updated meeting cancellations (3/23/2020)