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.
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.
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.
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
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.
City Council Meetings
Until announced otherwise, all City Council Voting Meetings and City Council Committee meetings will continue to take place at City Hall, but will not be physically open to the public. Both meeting types will be live-streamed to the City’s Facebook page. View a list of upcoming meetings >>
For City Council Voting Meetings, in addition to being live-streamed, you may also watch the meeting on the City’s YouTube channel. Should anyone wish to submit a written message to be read during Poll Public (conducted during Voting Meetings Only), please email Clerk of Council Julie Ogg at email@example.com by 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to the meeting. The message should still follow the rules of Poll Public - available here: https://www.whitehall-oh.us/356/Poll-Public-Rules. View the agenda (once available) online here: http://www.whitehall-oh.us/AgendaCenter/City-Council-1.
Police and Fire Divisions
Our police officers, firefighters and EMTs are working 24/7 to keep our community safe during this public health crisis. With contracting COVID-19 still being a high risk, residents will notice some changes to in-person interactions with police and fire personnel. This may include personnel maintaining six-feet from residents, and asking residents to step outside of their homes if possible. Please remember to practice social distancing if you encounter safety personnel and when possible, please file police reports online. File a police report online here >>
Additionally, our emergency dispatchers are asking screening questions to identify if an individual is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Please answer the questions truthfully. No one will be denied services because of how they answer or because they may have COVID-19. The screening questions simply help our officers and EMTs know whether personal protective equipment, like face masks, are necessary.
MANDATORY: Text (614) 949-2776 with your first and last name and the last four digits of your Social Security Number to check-in
In an effort to maintain best practices for social distancing, Mayor’s Court has now implemented a mandatory text-to-check-in feature. When you arrive for court please text your first and last name and the last four digits of your social security number to (614) 949-2776 and you will receive a confirmation back stating that you have been checked in. Should the clerk require more information, they will reply as needed. When they are ready for you in court, you will receive a text message directing you to proceed through the main entrance and directly into the courtroom. You may also text any questions you may have for the Court office. There may be some delay in responses, so we thank you for your patience.
For more information on courts in Franklin County please reference the following websites:
- Whitehall Mayors Court: https://www.whitehall-oh.us/143/Mayors-Court
- Common Pleas General Division: http://www.fccourts.org
- Common Pleas Domestic Relations/Juvenile Divisions: https://drj.fccourts.org/
- Common Pleas Probate Court: https://probate.franklincountyohio.gov/
- Franklin County Municipal Court: http://www.fcmcclerk.com/
Parks & Recreation Programming
All Parks & Recreation programs have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Additionally, the Whitehall Senior Center remains closed. The City encourages anyone that may is sick, or that may have potentially been exposed to COVID-19, to voluntarily abstain from visiting our parks and recreational facilities.
Event and Facility Notices:
- Playgrounds:Playgrounds have officially reopened. While this is an exciting development, especially for our younger community members, please take personal safety precautions to help keep you and your family safe. Parks & Recreation staff members will not be monitoring the park playgrounds for health compliance, which means community members are invited to use the park equipment at their own risk. Here are some ways we can help keep playgrounds safe as a community:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Sanitize your hands before and after play
- Maintain social distancing (Six foot minimum)
- Wear a mask or other face covering (Masks are not recommended for those under the age of two)
- Sports Courts: Please note that due to the continued health orders prohibiting contact sports, basketball and other sports courts have not yet reopened
- Splash Pad at John Bishop Park: The Splash Pad opened for the season on July 10, but with new safety policies and procedures including a new reservation requirement. Learn more and make your reservation here >>
- Portable Toilets: As the park playgrounds reopen, portable toilets will soon be available at Whitehall Community Park (402 N. Hamilton Road) , John Bishop Park (4815 Etna Road) and Lamby Lane Park (701 Lamby Lane).
- Park Hours: 7 a.m.-dusk unless otherwise posted. Learn more about Whitehall's parks here >>
- Senior Center: Closed to all activities.
Whitehall City Schools
Reset-Restart 2020: Whitehall City Schools has announced a new plan to reopen in the fall of 2020 with a 100% hybrid model. Learn more >>
Free student lunches: Whitehall City Schools is providing a grab-and-go style lunch for all Whitehall students in front of Whitehall Yearling High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students will be encouraged to take their lunch and exit the property.