COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: April 6, 2021
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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

  • Phase 2D - Now Open: Ohioans over the age of 16 are now eligible to get the vaccine. Those ages 16-17 will be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, the only vaccine authorized for use for those under the age 18. 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. 

City Hall Now Reopened to the Public 

Effective April 5, City Hall officially reopened to the public. Before visiting City Hall (or any City building or facility), please remember that face coverings are required of all guests. Please also consider whether you can still conduct your business with the City online or over the phone to help limit in-person visits. Note that while City Hall has reopened to the public, some staff members may continue working virtually depending on vaccination status, job duties and remote working ability. 

Changes to City Operations During Temporary City Hall Closure

The City is committed to continuing services with as little disruption as possible. Here’s how you can continue your business with the City while City Hall is closed to visitors:

  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. Masks are mandatory for all 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:

Ohio Public Health Advisory System

Franklin County is currently at a Level  3 (Red) Health Advisory for COVID-19. A Level 3 Health Advisory indicates:

  • Very high exposure and spread
  • That residents should limit activities as much as possible 
  • That all current health orders must be followed including wearing a face covering, social distancing, limiting large group gatherings to no more than 10 individuals, staying home when sick, washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. 

Current Health Orders

View the most recent order here

  • Statewide Mandatory Face Covering Order: All individuals (unless otherwise exempt as stated in the above Order) shall wear a face covering at all times when:
    • In any indoor location that is not a residence;
    • Outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their family/household; or
    • Waiting for, riding, driving or operating  public transportation
  • Congregating: Individuals must avoid gatherings in groups and attempt at all times to maintain social distancing. When gathered together, individuals should be in a group of no more than ten individuals that is separated from other groups by at least six feet. Each individual should perform a daily health assessment and stay home if you have a fever, cough or other signs of possible corona virus.

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