COVID-19 Updates

Indoor Face Covering Order in Effect Throughout Whitehall

Download Updated Order (11/1)  |   Download Signage for Whitehall Businesses 

As public health continues to be threatened by a resurgence in cases of COVID-19, the City of Whitehall has joined City of Columbus and other Central Ohio communities in instituting a face covering order for all publicly accessible indoor locations effective through December 31, 2021.  The order applies to all individuals, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. 

View the order for a list of exceptions, including for certain individuals (e.g. those with medical or behavioral conditions or those under the age of five), for certain activities (e.g. eating and drinking, engaging in exercise) and for certain locations (e.g. State or Federal buildings, houses of worship). 

City Hall Open to Public - Face Coverings Required of All Guests (Regardless of Vaccination Status)

Franklin County Under a Mask Advisory; Community Transmission Level = High

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

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

  • Boosters: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have authorized a booster dose for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series to specific groups. Look up eligibility and find Booster appointments here >>
  • General Vaccine Eligibility: Ohioans over the age of 12 are now eligible to get the vaccine. Check your eligibility here. 
  • Mass Vaccination Sites: The State is opening mass vaccination sites throughout Ohio. Learn more and register for an appointment here. 
  • Franklin County Public Health Vaccination Clinic: For those interested in receiving the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine through the clinic operated by Franklin County Public Health (FCPH), please stay tuned to the FCPH website for openings and scheduling information. 

Visiting City Facilities

On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new COVID-19 guidance in response to the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant now circulating through the country. The updated guidance adds a recommendation for all people, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas with substantial or high transmission. With case counts on the rise, Franklin County has since been deemed a substantial transmission area by the CDC. 

As a result, until further notice the City of Whitehall will require face masks inside all City-operated facilities for all individuals regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. All persons attending public meetings in person must also wear a mask.  

While not required, the City of Whitehall is also urging our local business community to align their practices with CDC guidance and encourage employees and customers to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. 

Impact on City Operations

  1. Mayor's Court
  2. Police and Fire 
  3. safe station
  4. Building permits and plan review
  5. Council Meetings
  6. Parks & Recreation

Mayor's Court

Mayor’s Court will continue in-person at City Hall on Tuesdays, with mandatory text-to-check-in. Face coverings are mandatory for all non-vaccinated Mayor’s Court visitors.  

MANDATORY: Text (740) 791-0883 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 (740) 791-0883 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:

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