On Sunday afternoon March 22, at the direction of Ohio Governor DeWine and Department of Health Director Dr. Acton, the State of Ohio issued a Stay at Home Order for Ohio residents beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020 through April 6, 2020.
Council President James Pasch and I urge you to take this recommendation as a matter of life and death. While it is not a mandatory quarantine, if we follow this Order, we can slow the spread of the coronavirus. This is expected to save thousands of lives and ease the anticipated strain on our healthcare system.
In keeping with the directives in this Stay at Home Order, Beachwood has closed Barkwood Dog Park, the playground at the Family Aquatic Center and our tennis and basketball courts. All essential city services including Police, Fire & Rescue and regular and special rubbish collection will continue.
This Order does not stop you from going about essential tasks: grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, gas stations, banks, hardware stores, the Post Office, take-out restaurants and dry cleaners will be open. You can drive to your job if it is considered an essential service. You can go to take care of an elderly relative, a minor, a dependent or a person with disabilities. While observing the six-feet social-distance guideline, you can walk in the parks and you can walk your dog. You are discouraged from visiting in person with friends or setting up play dates for your children. The goal of this Order is for each family to stay home as much as possible. If you have questions, a FAQ has provided by the Ohio Department of Health: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6816972-Stay-at-Home-FAQ-03-22-20.html.
This pandemic has brought a change in our lifestyle and our economy. This is the most extraordinary worldwide challenge any of us have seen. It requires great courage and great personal sacrifice. At a time when all of us want to be together, we are forced to stay apart. But we are resilient and we are resourceful. Just as sure as we know that we are on the upside of this curve, we know that we will make it to the other side and return to our normal lives.
Beachwood residents and businesses are encouraged to use the City as a resource. If you have any questions or need help during this time, please call the Mayor’s Office at 216-292-1901 or email email@example.com. Stay healthy Beachwood.