COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: 10: 50 a.m., September 18, 2020
As a partner in promoting public health, and ensuring the safety and well-being of Whitehall residents, the City of Whitehall is continually engaging with the State of Ohio and Franklin County Public Health as the situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves. We have implemented appropriate adjustments to City operations, without compromising any of our core health-safety services such as police, fire and emergency medical services. Learn about the most current safety guidelines, service changes, closures and resources available to you below. If we work together, we can continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Note that regular updates are made to this page, so please check back frequently.

Safety Guidelines

Mayor Kim Maggard has proclaimed a State of Emergency in the City of Whitehall and has issued community guidelines that mirror the orders and guidelines issued by the State of Ohio. Learn more about recent orders below. 

  • Ohio Public Health Advisory System: Franklin County's level has recently been downgraded from Red to Orange: Level 2 Public Emergency. This advisory level necessitates a high degree of caution as there is still increased exposure and spread. Please continue to wear masks and to practice social distancing. 
  • Statewide Mandatory Face Covering Order: Governor DeWine announced that effective Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m., a statewide mask mandate went into effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties. The is in line with the county and city-wide orders previously enacted.
  • Travel Advisory: Governor DeWine has announced new travel advisory guidelines for all individuals coming into Ohio from states reporting positive COVID-19 testing rates of 15 percent or higher. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday. Based on a 7-day rolling average of positivity rates as of September 16 those states are Alabama, Idaho, Mississippi and South Dakota.
  • Limit on Size of Group Gatherings: In line with the updated Stay Safe Ohio Order from the Department of Health, issued May 20, residents are no longer required to stay in their homes. However, residents are still given guidance to social distance and all mass gatherings over 10 individuals are still prohibited. Additionally, residents are strongly encouraged to ware a face covering anytime they are in a public place.

Reporting Complaints

As the Statewide Mask Order is in place, along with other continued safety guidelines, the City and Division of Police recognize that you may have questions about compliance, or may even want to report that your employer or another business is not fully following the order. Questions can be directed to the Ohio Department of Health by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH, and complaints can be filed with Franklin County Public Health here. Please do not call the Division of Police with these complaints, as the matter is being being handled by Franklin County Public Health. 

Community Resources

We’re all in this together. The City recognizes that there are many in our community who may be immunocompromised, elderly, impoverished or otherwise unable to access food, medication and other resources during this crisis. Visit the COVID-19 Resource page for the following information: 

  • A form to request assistance
  • Senior resources
  • Student resources
  • Unemployment application information
  • Food banks 
  • A list of local restaurants carry-out/delivery options
  • A list of local grocery stores, noting those that offer curbside pick-up and special senior hours

Changes to City Operations and Services

  1. City Hall
  2. Council Meetings
  3. Police and Fire 
  4. Mayor's Court
  5. Parks & Recreation
  6. Whitehall City Schools

City Hall

City Hall is open to the public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Anyone visiting City Hall is required to wear a face mask or similar face covering for the safety of City employees and other visitors.