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MAYOR ARMSTRONG’S STATEMENT ON THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY
March 23, 2020
My Fellow Residents:
As Mayor, my number one priority is the safety and well-being of our residents and city employees. The continuity of city services is paramount to this objective. By daily communications, we are working closely with Summit County Public Health, Emergency Management Agency, the County Executive, and our surrounding communities in monitoring the ongoing situation. Further, our Police Chief, Jerry Hughes, serves as the President of the Summit County Chiefs of Police Association and is actively involved in regular discussions concerning public safety.
Your City government will remain open to provide the necessary services expected and required of local government, however we are working to reduce the number of staff that must be physically at City Hall. Therefore, those employees that have the ability to work from home, will be doing so. We have already made temporary staffing and other operational changes in attempting to limit the possibility of an entire department having to be isolated. Unfortunately, this current crisis has forced us to limit our in-person assistance and I ask anyone with questions to telephone or email the City if you need non-emergency help.
As I stated last week, we are all currently living in an evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 emergency and on Sunday the Governor and the Ohio Department of Health issued a “Stay at Home Order.” Please comply with this Order and stay home unless you must travel for one of the authorized reasons. The entire Order can be accessed on the City’s website as well as some helpful facts.
If your employment has been affected, you may be eligible for unemployment. You can apply at www.unemployment.ohio.gov or by calling 1-877-644-6562. Business owners can find helpful information about Small Business Administration loans and other resources at https://gaccovid19.org
During this emergency I ask that everyone follow the directives from our health professionals and use your best judgment to avoid unnecessary contact with others. The Governor did mention that the order does not prohibit people from utilizing our parks. Although the City’s playground equipment is not available to be used during this health crises, Munroe Falls is fortunate to have two Metro Parks in our City and one on our boarder with Tallmadge that are available to get the fresh air we all enjoy. Please maintain the appropriate distance from others as you utilize our park system.
Again, please pray for our first responders and health professionals who are on the front lines of this virus. If you are able, please consider donating to the Akron Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Support Funds. You can donate today at http://bit.ly/3a17iMH. If we are able to cooperate and remember what in life is important, we will get past this present situation.