Coronavirus COVID 19

City COVID-19 Updates

This is the City of Cleveland Heights central location for local updates on the COVID-19 public health crisis. The City of Cleveland Heights declared a public emergency at the March 16 City Council meeting.

View all City Services that are available during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Cleveland Heights Businesses Open during COVID-19 Restrictions

List of Open Businesses (PDF) - Updated 4/3/2020

Businesses remaining open and their operation hours continue to change daily. Please contact the individual businesses to confirm. This is not a comprehensive list and will be updated regularly based on the best information available. A business that would like to be added to this list or have their information updated should email banderson@clvhts.com.

City of Cleveland Heights COVID-19 Renters Resource Guide

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption in the lives of most Americans. Paying rent and utilities may be a struggle for many, which in turn, creates a hardship for property owners who have mortgage responsibilities. There are many wonderful examples of landlords working with their tenants to help them maneuver through this challenging time. To help you in this process we have produced a Renters Resource Guide of legal resources along with Federal State and Local assistance you may find helpful.

City of Cleveland Heights COVID-19 Business Resource Guide

During this difficult time, we want to do everything we can to support our businesses in our community. We have produced a Business Resource Guide of federal, state and local assistance that you may find helpful.

COVID-19 Impacted Businesses

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the CARES Act makes small business owners eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance of up to $10,000. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Businesses should visit the SBA’s updated Emergency Loan/Loan Advance portal website for additional information and to apply online.

9 Tips To Protect Your Stimulus Check From Thieves   

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said "thieves are drooling at the thought of getting their hands on your stimulus money."      

https://patch.com/ohio/clevelandheights/s/h2fnw/9-tips-to-protect-your-stimulus-check-from-thieves

City Building Closures

City Hall and Community Center are closed to the public. At this time, staff will be onsite to answer any inquiries or concerns residents and businesses may have via email and phone. City services, including our first responders, will continue to serve and support our community, and the Courts will remain open for limited proceedings. Stability and continuity of critical City services is our goal during this ongoing crisis. I invite you to call us or visit our website to explore the many ways in which you can still do business with the City from the comfort and safety of your home.

Please remember that even though the Cleveland Heights Parks are still open, the playgrounds, Basketball courts, Ball fields, Tennis courts, and the Cain Park skate park are Closed. 

Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District

For all the latest updates from CH-UH School District, please visit their website at https://www.chuh.org.

Latest City Updates

Update 4/3/2020

Yesterday, Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton signed an extension to the Stay-At-Home order that was set to expire on April 6. Because of ongoing concerns, and the ongoing spread of COVID 19 (Coronavirus), the new order is in effect until May 1, 2020. During this time City facilities will remain closed to the public. But, as has been the case these past two weeks, all essential duties will continue. This includes the exceptional work of our Police, Fire and Public Works teams. Others that are behind the scenes will continue to do their work from the office or as much as possible through telework. As a reminder, a full list of contact information is available online and your calls or emails will be responded to. We just continue to ask your patience as we work with a greatly reduced staff.

The Monday, April 6, City Council meeting at 7:30 pm will be live streamed on YouTube Live. Please visit www.youtube.com/c/cityofclevelandheights/live to view the meeting.

Just a quick reminder that the City is still taking applications for the vacant Council seat. The application deadline for the vacant council seat has been extended until 5:00 pm on Monday, April 6, 2020. Please visit https://www.clevelandheights.com/1085/City-Council-Application for more details.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption in the lives of most Americans. Paying rent and utilities may be a struggle for many, which in turn, creates a hardship for property owners who have mortgage responsibilities. I have heard wonderful examples of landlords working with their tenants to help them maneuver through this challenging time. Reducing or deferring rent can make a big difference in the lives of families, and I commend those landlords who are working individually with their tenants to find a solution. With Governor DeWine’s Order encouraging lenders to provide loan relief, we are hopeful that more cooperative arrangements between tenants and landlords can be reached.

Unfortunately, some may not be able to reach agreement on payment arrangements. If you are a renter and are concerned about this issue, there are resources available to you. View and download the City of Cleveland Heights Renters Resource Guide.

We have been experiencing an uptick in calls in regards to sewer backups. The Cleveland Heights Utility Division urgently reminds everyone that products like wipes, facial tissues and paper towels should NOT be flushed. Flushing products other than toilet paper or bodily waste endangers your home plumbing and our systems down the line.

Once again, I want to highlight what a truly amazing community Cleveland Heights is. This week, the City was honored by generous neighbors who made meaningful donations of needed supplies to the CHPD and CHFD. Yesterday, Mayor Stein, Police Chief Mecklenburg and Fire Chief Dave Freeman joined the President of Chaverim of Cleveland, Mr. Tzvi Turner, where he presented several boxes of masks and sanitizer wipes. Earlier in the week, Mr. Paul Shim, owner of Longwood Beauty Supply on Noble Road, also showed their community spirit by donating 144 masks and six boxes of gloves. Because these items are hard to come by, these generous donations are even more meaningful to our first responders. Thank you to both Mr. Paul Shim and Mr. Turner for their kind and generous donation, which will help keep our first responders safe and healthy.

The City would welcome similar donations if other organizations find that they may have a supply they are not currently needing.

As we continue to follow the Stay-At-Home order but long to explore the Great Outdoors beyond our neighborhoods, here are five national parks that offer virtual tours:

Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska (https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/kenai-fjords/exit-glacier-tour)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii (https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/hawaii-volcanoes/nahuku-lava-tube-tour)
Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico (https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/carlsbad-caverns/natural-entrance-tour)
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah (https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/bryce-canyon/sunset-point-tour)
Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida (https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/dry-tortugas/near-little-africa-tour).

I hope you will enjoy viewing the beauty across our great Country.

Cleveland Heights - We Will Get Through This Together!

Update 4/1/2020
With the President’s order to extend the social distancing guidelines of 6 feet or more through the end of April, our local businesses are unable to resume business as usual. That doesn’t mean we can’t continue to support them, though. Many of our restaurants and pubs are continuing to provide food and beverages by take-out or delivery. The City has been providing a list of businesses that remain open (https://www.clevelandheights.com/DocumentCenter/View/6500) and is updating it regularly as we get further information. Many of our merchants are offering their products via online purchases, so check out their websites. And, of course, most of our businesses do offer gift cards, which make good gifts for others or for yourself.

This is a difficult time for all of us, but our small businesses and their employees are especially hard hit. Please continue to support our local businesses - order take-out, buy gift cards, shop online.  

Speaking of social distancing, we are still finding that some people are not following the Governor and CDC’s guidelines. This is not only putting these individuals at risk, but it also risks the health of others. Our Police Department continues to break up these gatherings, but it is imperative that we stress to our friends and family the importance of following these guidelines so we can stop the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) before we lose any more lives.  

As of this afternoon, there were nearly 2500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health said 585 people were hospitalized because of the virus, and 198 Ohioans were in intensive care. Sixty-five individuals have unfortunately lost their lives due to complications from the COVID-19 virus.  

It is important that you stay at home unless you have essential reasons to go out, such as grocery shopping, doctor visits, working in essential businesses or have essential duties. Visit our beautiful parks and take advantage of our walking and biking paths, but keep the proper distance. We need to fight this together. 

Yesterday, Attorney General Yost shared nine tips to avoid falling prey to stimulus check scams. These scammers wasted no time setting up ways to try to cheat people out of this needed support. Be careful and if in doubt, don’t click on any links, and never give out personal information online or by phone.  
https://patch.com/ohio/clevelandheights/s/h2fnw/9-tips-to-protect-your-stimulus-check-from-thieves?utm_source=nearby-news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert

Don’t forget that Ohio’s Primary election deadline has been moved to April 28 and will be vote-by-mail only. The primary election, originally scheduled for March 17, will no longer take place as an in-person election at polling locations. Due to the ongoing health crisis, voting will be conducted exclusively as a Vote-by-Mail election for all registered voters.   

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections should be contacted by anyone with questions or special circumstances. Call 216-443-VOTE (8683), and leave a voicemail or visit https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/VoteByMail.aspx 

Today is Census 2020 Day. If you haven’t yet completed the Census questionnaire, I hope you will take the time today  https://2020census.gov/. It only takes around ten minutes to complete it online and will help determine the allocation of Federal and State funding for such thing as schools, transportation and infrastructure projects.  

Lastly, please continue to be patient with us as we try to maintain essential services during this health crisis. Our Public Works Department is hard at work and managing with a reduced staff.

Loose leaf and yard waste collection is beginning this week and will run through the end of the month. As usual, pickup of these items is the same day or the following day of your regular pickup. The crew will come through every other week - two pickups during April. Please consult our website to determine your scheduled day https://www.clevelandheights.com/249/Leaf-Yard-Debris-Collection 

With our community following safety guidelines, WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER!

Update 3/30/2020
SCHOOLS TO REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL MAY 1
Governor DeWine announced at the March 30, 2020 press conference that all schools will be closed until at least May 1.

 CDC SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES EXTENDED TO APRIL 30
The CDC recommends maintaining a six-foot distance while in public and avoiding all non-essential travel, eating at bars and restaurants or gathering in groups of more than 10 until at least April 30.

CITY FACILITIES REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH APRIL 30
The closure of City facilities to the public has been extended through April 30. All essential services and emergency response will continue to be fully operational. Please visit the City’s website for more information.

CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL FINANCIAL FAQs 
Stimulus checks intended to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic will soon be on their way. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, most Americans will get one-time direct cash payments of up to $1,200 and couples will get up to $2,400. Families will get an additional $500 per child. High-income earners will get less and the highest earners will get nothing at all. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he expected most people to get their payments within three weeks.

Added unemployment benefits will also be processed in the coming weeks. 

The website for Coronavirus and Unemployment Benefits is http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm

For full list of Stimulus FAQs visit: https://www.clevelandheights.com/1278/Coronavirus-COVID-19

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS
Stimulus Check Scam – You may receive an email or phone call from somebody claiming to be from the IRS or another federal agency claiming that you need to go to a website and provide certain information in order to get your stimulus check. They will collect enough information to compromise and steal money from your bank accounts. No federal agency will ever contact you through an unsolicited phone call or email. Information on the stimulus program should only be secured through reputable sources, like www.irs.gov/.

Scammers are also committing online and cyber attacks, working to take advantage of people during the Coronavirus epidemic. Read how to help keep scammers at bay: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing.

OUR PARKS REMAIN OPEN…
But equipment and facilities are closed for your safety and that of our community. Social distancing and sanitation made this action mandatory. Please stay away from our basketball courts, tennis courts, ball fields, skate park and playgrounds. Enjoy the outdoors but be sure to comply with the CDC-issued social distancing recommendation.

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Thank You
I’d like to thank all of our residents for their ongoing support in following Governor DeWine’s and the CDC’s recommendations. I am also glad to hear that many of you continue to support our local businesses. Please continue to order take-out/delivery, buy gift-cards, and take a look at what our merchants are selling online and make a purchase. 

Update 3/27/2020
Many thanks to our own Zagara’s Marketplace on Lee Road which is now serving as an additional meal pickup spot for families in need, each weekday beginning this past Wednesday. Pickup time there will begin at 1:30 p.m. Zagara’s once again is proving to be a valuable community partner.

Each weekday through April 3, free breakfast and lunch can be picked up at all other sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This food is available for any child whether or not they are our students. On Fridays at all pickup sites, 3 total breakfast/lunch combos can be picked up per child to last through the weekend.

Meal pickup locations 
Board of Education - 2155 Miramar Boulevard
Boulevard Elementary - 1749 Lee Road
Fairfax Elementary - 3150 Fairfax Road
Noble Elementary - 1293 Ardoon Street (door 10)
Oxford Elementary - 939 Quilliams Road (door 2)
Monticello Middle - 3665 Monticello Boulevard
Heights High - 13263 Cedar Road
Zagara’s Marketplace - 1940 Lee Road 

"More than 75 families from our area receive free food and clothing every week" according to The Father Michael Wittman Ozanam Center (FMWOC), a local food pantry and clothing bank located at St. Philomena Church in East Cleveland. FMWOC is an all-volunteer organization and a registered agency with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. It is supported by 14 churches in the eastern suburbs including our Communion of Saints Parish and Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights.

“We need members of the community to help us, whether through financial contributions or donated items, or just by spreading the word to those who could benefit from our free services. Even a small donation will go a long way to help our neighbors in need,” noted board member Annette Cappaert. Financial donations can be made payable to Father Michael Wittman Ozanam Center c/o Communion of Saints Parish, 2175 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118. For more information on the organization and its services, visit www.facebook.com/groups/FMWOC.

Important Reminder: Red Cross Blood Drive at Lee Road Library
Tuesday, March 31 starting at 10am at 2345 Lee Road

The Red Cross is currently experiencing a severe blood shortage due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please give if you feel you can. The Red Cross is taking steps to ensure the safety of donors. Find out more here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus--covid-19--and-blood-donation.html 

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank needs donations of money, time and food. The demand for food has been extraordinary. They reported serving more than 4,000 individuals from nearly 1,500 households in one day this week. More than 50% of the clients were children and seniors. Two-thirds were new to the Food Bank and one-third were new to their network of partners, i.e. have not needed emergency food from any Food Bank, food pantry or mobile pantry in the past few years. That is sobering, to say the least.

If you wish to volunteer at the Food Bank, you must sign up in advance. Visit www.GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Volunteer to see available opportunities.

Also, donations would be appreciated, and would make a big difference, at the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund of the United Way of Greater Cleveland. They have joined forces with a coalition of Northeast Ohio philanthropic partners to create the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to deploy resources to nonprofit organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic in our region. Go to https://www.unitedwaycleveland.org

MetroHealth is offering medical support for district families. As a District partner, MetroHealth is offering prescription deliveries, telehealth visits and more for CH-UH families during the COVID-19 outbreak. Information on these programs can be found on the MetroHealth COVID-19 website. Or, call the MetroHealth COVID-19 support line at 1-440-592-6843 or contact Nancy Peppler, CH-UH Community and School Partnerships, at n_peppler@chuh.org.

BEWARE! Stimulus Check Scam – You may receive an email or phone call from somebody claiming to be from the IRS or another federal agency claiming that you need to go to a website and provide certain information in order to get your stimulus check. They will collect enough information to compromise and steal money from your bank accounts. No federal agency will ever contact you through an unsolicited phone call or email. Information on the stimulus program should only be secured through reputable sources, like www.irs.gov/.

I hope everyone has a safe weekend and stays healthy. Please continue to stay at home as much as possible, per the Governor’s order, and maintain the appropriate 6 feet of social distancing.

Update 3/26/2020
Stability and continuity of critical City services is our goal during this ongoing crisis. I invite you to call us or visit our website to explore how you can still do business with the City from the comfort and safety of your home. I’d also like to share a resource guide of federal, state and local assistance that you may find helpful.

I hope this additional information will also be helpful:

• Tax and Voting Deadlines Extended
The IRS (https://www.irs.gov), the State of Ohio (https://www.tax.ohio.gov/) and RITA (https://www.ritaohio.com) have all extended the tax filing deadlines to July 15, 2020.

• All-Mail Primary Extended through April 28
Ohio lawmakers have extended mail voting in the state’s primaries until April 28.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections’ office is closed, but it is encouraging anyone who has not already voted in the Primary Election to complete and submit a vote-by-mail ballot application. The board will continue to accept vote-by-mail ballot applications for the postponed March 17 primary election until further notice. Vote-by-mail ballot applications can be printed from 443VOTE.us. Voters may also call 216-443-8683 and follow the phone prompts to ask the board to mail the application.

I’d also like to clarify the information about our officer who tested positive for COVID 19. The Governor’s order at that time was to limit the size of a gathering to 50 or less. The police officer attended a small get-together with much fewer in attendance than the order directed. They were not in violation of any government order at that time. The other officers in attendance have been quarantined and are being monitored carefully. Our concern now is for a full recovery of our officer and the health and well-being of the other officers.

Lastly, just a reminder of the importance of social distancing. This is especially important as the weather improves and more and more people are taking advantage of our beautiful parks. Please keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and non-family members while enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, the basketball and tennis courts need to remain closed and we appreciate your cooperation. And, please keep away from the playgrounds as they are not sanitized and could result in the spread of the virus.

Update 3/25/2020
I’d like to commend our Police and Fire Departments for the exceptional service they continue to provide to our city. As a reminder to everyone, it is important that residents do not call 911 if experiencing fevers or coughing. The exception to this would be if you are experiencing difficulty breathing. These unnecessary calls put a strain on our resources, and supplies are limited at this time. Please be sure to call your doctor or an urgent care facility for diagnosis and recommended course of action.

Recently, we learned that one of our police officers tested positive for the COVID 19 virus. He is being quarantined and treated at this time. We have no other confirmations of infection in the Police Department and exceptional measures have been taken to protect our other officers and the public. This is a reminder that we need to heed the Governors orders to stay at home unless it is essential to go out and to maintain the social distancing of six feet.

Our Public Works Department has also taken measures to protect its employees while continuing to maintain normal operations. We will begin picking up yard waste Kraft bags starting on March 30. Loose-leaf collection will also begin on March 30 and will continue through April 30. And, we appreciate your holding off on bulk disposal until this crisis has passed.

In case you haven’t heard, the Cleveland Heights Community Center will be offering free online Zumba classes starting tonight and available Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 6:00pm. Hola! Here’s the invitation for the Zumba class at 6:00 PM EST. 

Join Zoom Meeting for Zumba class
https://zoom.us/j/499863912
Meeting ID: 499 863 912
Stay tuned for more opportunities from our Parks and Recreation Department.

It is wonderful to be a part of such a special community where neighbors look out for each other and residents continue to support our local businesses. Once again, thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Update 3/24/2020
As we all adapt to changes in how we socially interact or how business services are provided, I am pleased to share that the City has continued all essential operations, in some cases with limited staff. Our first responders in Police and Fire continue to serve you on a daily basis. Public Works employees are keeping to our regular refuse and recycling schedules, and are performing other essential duties. And, City leadership continues to monitor the health crisis and adjust business practices so as not to have any disruptions to our major operations while keeping our employees safe.

At this time, we do need to ask for your help and cooperation in regard to the regular collection of your trash and recycling. Our refuse and recycling employees are hard at work today and every day for our community, even as they work with a reduced staff. With many of our residents following the Governor’s order and staying home, we are encountering more trash/recycling and are experiencing significant problems with trash NOT being placed curbside on time. As always, your trash must be curbside by 7:00 am on your collection day. There has also been an uptick in the amount of bulk trash. Because of our reduced staff, and because bulk pickup is not an essential function, we would like to ask your cooperation in discontinuing placing any bulk items for pickup until this crisis has passed and we resume full operation. You can always bring your bulk items to the service department where dumpsters are available for your use.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Update 3/22/2020
This afternoon, Governor DeWine issued a "stay at home" order for all of Ohio effective Monday at 11:59 pm through April 6. Ohioans are instructed to only leave their homes for essential activities including for health and safety, supplies, outdoor activity or if you provide certain essential duties.

These are unprecedented times for all of us and I want the residents of Cleveland Heights to understand that the City will continue to be operational in providing all essential services. Our exceptional Police and Fire Departments will be fully operational to ensure we maintain the health and safety of our community. Our dedicated Public Works team will continue with refuse and recycling pickup and other critical functions. 

Emails have been provided on the City’s website if you have specific questions but we ask for your patience as nonessential functions will not be staffed at this time. Where possible we will assign staff to work from home to continue providing services. As new information becomes available our team will do their best to update you. We hope you will all heed the Governors directive, and the CDC guidelines, and stay home and be safe, and stay healthy.

Update 3/18/2020
There will be no face-to-face City Hall transactions at this time due to the current health crisis. Therefore, in the interest of public health and safety, please follow the following protocols when contacting the City of Cleveland Heights.

Housing Department: Exterior inspections will continue but there will be no interior inspections of the properties, including Point of Sale. (It is possible that these interiors may be subject to inspection at a later date.) In the case of Point of Sale, interior requests from the homeowner or a real estate agent, the staff will make FaceTime or Skype available. 

Anyone requesting an inspection, including Point of Sale must download the forms from the City’s website and send the form either by using the City Hall drop box in the circular drive or by mail with the accompanying payment to City Hall and then an inspection will be scheduled. The link for Housing forms is https://www.clevelandheights.com/205/Point-of-Sale-Inspections. Call 216-291-5900 if you have specific questions.

Building Department: Anyone requesting a permit must download the forms from the City Hall website and send the form either by using the City Hall drop box in the circular drive or by mail with payment. Once the permit is issued and the work is completed staff will coordinate a Face Time or Skype session in order to close out/finalize the permit. All new Construction interiors that are unoccupied will be inspected as usual. Occupied construction will only close out interior permit work with a FaceTime or a Skype session. Building permit forms are available at https://www.clevelandheights.com/154/Contractors. Call 216-291-4900 if you have specific questions. Thank you for your understanding at this time. These measures are put in place for the health and safety of our patrons and our staff. 

Update 3/17/2020
Message from City Manager Tanisha Briley.
The health and safety of our community has always been a top priority for me and our City staff. For the past few weeks, the City’s leadership and the Readiness and Response Team has been monitoring the developments of the coronavirus and taking necessary measures to safeguard the wellbeing of residents and staff. As a precaution, effective immediately, City Hall will be closing to the public. At this time, staff will be onsite to answer any inquiries or concerns residents and businesses may have via email and phone. City services, including our first responders, will continue to serve and support our community, and the Courts will remain open for limited proceedings. Stability and continuity of critical City services is our goal during this ongoing crisis. I invite you to call us or visit our website to explore the many ways in which you can still do business with the City from the comfort and safety of your home. In the meantime, the City’s Readiness and Response Team will continue to meet on a regular basis to monitor all new developments regarding this virus. We will continue to update you on changes through social media and on the City website. 

Update 3/16/2020
Join Tonight’s City Council Meeting by Calling In

In the interest of safety and social distancing, we are highly encouraging residents not to attend tonight’s City Council meeting. A phone number has been established for residents to call in and listen in on the Council proceedings: 1-415-655-0001. You will be asked to enter an Access Code, which is: 647 155 776. When asked for a participant ID, just press #. 

If you have any questions residents are encouraged to share their comments/questions regarding legislative items on the agenda in advance of the meeting by emailing citycouncil@clvhts.com or by calling 216-291-5724. Tonight’s call is listen only. 

As always, the City Council meeting will be available for viewing on Tuesday morning. These videos can be accessed through the City’s website or on the City’s YouTube channel.

Ohio Primary Election Postponed to June  
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that he is recommending the state’s primaries, which are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, be postponed until June to protect voters from the coronavirus pandemic. For more information please visit https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/

Schools Continue Breakfast and Lunch Programs 
Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District is offering free Grab and Go breakfast and lunch bags to all children in the community aged 18 and under. For a list of locations and times please visit https://bit.ly/2TQ0XOG

Cleveland Heights Bars and Restaurants Close
Governor DeWine continues to take steps to help minimize further COVID-19 outbreak. He issued a new order to bars and restaurants on March 15 instructing them to close as of 9pm that evening. He is encouraging all of these establishments to offer carry-out services. It is critical that we continue to support our local businesses. Check in with our many diverse restaurants, pubs, and bars to see if they are available and providing takeout orders. We must be vigilant in taking care of our health and also vigilant in supporting our local businesses


City Offers Free Parking at All Meters throughout Cleveland Heights
To encourage support of establishments that will be providing take-out service, the City will be waiving all parking fees starting immediately until further notice. This includes all street, City lots and garages. **Permit parking is still required for long-term parking**

Supporting our local businesses - merchants, restaurants, pubs, entertainment venues - is more important than ever! Call ahead or visit the businesses websites to find out who will be open and providing services. 


Utilities Discontinue Shutoffs during COVID-19 emergency 
Residential customers who are facing a hardship due to the lack of income during this time should contact the First Energy to discuss options including budget billing as well as energy assistance programs or other payment arrangements based on customers’ situations and state of residence. Please visit www.firstenergycorp.com for more information.   Cleveland Water is temporarily stopping and restoring disconnections. Please visit www.clevelandwater.com for more information.

Dominion Energy Ohio says it is also suspending service disconnections for nonpayment during the coronavirus emergency. For more information, visit https://www.dominionenergy.com/coronavirus.  


Senior Center & Community Center Closes   
The Senior Center temporarily closed as of March 12. The Community Center temporarily suspended all public programming as of Saturday, March 14 and closes to the public as of Monday, March 16.   

Update 3/12/2020
As information continues to evolve concerning the coronavirus, COVID-19, we are constantly evaluating our actions to help protect the health and safety of our Cleveland Heights community. The Centers for Disease Control and our local public health leadership has provided guidance on social distancing as an effective measure to slow the transmission of the virus. Aggressive action has been taken across the country and we must do the same. Please note that out of an abundance of caution the City has cancelled all City Council Committee meetings, City Council Committee of the Whole meetings, and most Boards & Commissions meetings.  

Currently, the City Council meeting on March 16, the ABR meeting on March 17, and the Board of Zoning Appeals on March 18, are still scheduled to occur. Public comment has been temporarily suspended at the March 16 City Council meeting. 


Meetings 
3/16/20 City Council Meeting 
Residents are encouraged to share their comments/questions regarding legislative items on the agenda in advance of the meeting by emailing citycouncil@clvhts.com or by calling 216-291-5724. Residents will also have the opportunity to call in to a conference line to listen in on the Council proceedings. The call-in number will be published on the City’s website. As always, the City Council meeting will be available for viewing immediately following the end of the meeting. These videos can be accessed through the City’s website or on the City’s YouTube channel.  

Additional Closures and Protective Measures: 
Senior Center/Community Center The Senior Center is temporarily closed as of March 12, 2020. 

The Community Center is temporarily suspending all public programming beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Community Center will close to the public on Monday, March 16. Please note that the Community Center is a polling location and will be open for voting on Tuesday March 17. 

City Hall 
Residents are encouraged to avoid in-person visits to City Hall and instead use the City’s online services where possible, mail or email documents instead of bringing them in, or call respective departments for specific needs or questions. You can call 216-291-4444 for assistance. The City’s app, Access Cleveland Heights is another tool that can be used to communicate virtually with the City to minimize in-person visits. 

Service Appointments 
We encourage residents who are not feeling well or otherwise self-quarantined to reschedule appointments for service that require City personnel to enter their residence. Appointments requiring City personnel to enter residences will be preceded by a confirmation call from City staff which may include questions about health status. 

Please visit the City’s website for more information at www.clevelandheights.com.