Grove City COVID-19 Updates
Franklin County is designated Red Alert Level 3, described by the Ohio Department of Health as “Severe exposure and spread. Only leave home for supplies and services”.
To file a complaint or report a business not following the county or state Responsible RestartOhio guidelines, visit the Franklin County Public Health website to complete the COVID-19 Responsible Restart Ohio Complaint Intake Form.
View the Ohio Public Health Advisory System information and download the Ohio COVID-19 Risk Level Guidelines for the Public.
Review the Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus information and latest developments.
If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Grove City Temporary Outdoor Seating Policy
In response to COVID-19 indoor seating social distancing restrictions, the City approved a Temporary Outdoor Seating Policy for Grove City restaurants. Businesses may temporarily expand outdoor dining by applying for a Temporary Outdoor Seating Permit, approved through the Grove City Building Division.
This resolution temporarily waives the Special Use Permit requirements of Section 1135.09(b)(12) for 180 days or until state-mandated indoor dining restrictions are lifted, whichever comes first.
For more information, please visit the City of Grove City website to review the Temporary Outdoor Seating Policy and to complete the application. If you have questions regarding the policy or the application process, contact the Grove City Building Division at 614-277-3075 or by email.
COTA Modifies Service in Grove City Amid COVID-19
In an effort to reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) requests customers limit non-essential bus travel until further notice. COTA is assessing and directing its service daily, based on the needs of the community.
Visit Major Service Change Announcements for adjusted schedules.
Please follow the following special protocol during this pandemic:
Bus riders should:
- Enter the buses from the back. The front bus doors will be closed. This is to provide their drivers some distance from the public.
- Don’t sit next to another rider. Maintain as much physical distance between riders as possible.
- Hand sanitizer will be available on the bus. Use it when you get on and off.
For the latest service information from COTA, please visit the COTA website, call COTA Customer Care at 614-228-1776 or sign up for text or email alerts at www.COTA.com/alerts.
National Restaurant Association COVID-19 Reopening Guidance
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) partnered with representatives of the Food and Drug Administration, public health officials and industry representatives to develop a set of opening and operating guidelines to help restaurants return to full operation safely. For additional information and to view the Restaurant Reopening Guide visit the National Restaurant Association web page.
Steps to Take Before Reopening Your Business
It is important to be aware of plumbing system flushing requirements in buildings that have been vacant for several weeks.
The Ohio Association of Plumbing Inspectors, the National Sanitation Foundation and the International Code Council have developed a list of important steps to take before opening your business or building. For complete information, visit the Ohio Association of Plumbing Inspectors website.
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
The Ohio Department of transportation (ODOT) is modifying the process for haulers carrying heavy loads of essential goods. Generally, Ohio requires haulers with loads classified as “over-sized” to seek advanced permission from ODOT before they are legally allowed to travel in the state. Haulers carrying these essential goods can download and print the permit at Ohio Department of Transportation.
Pay Benefits for Reduced Work Hours
SharedWork Ohio allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides eligible individuals an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours. For additional information, visit Shared Work Ohio.
Action for Children’s website hosts information for families including an interactive map of the ODJFS-approved Temporary Pandemic Child Care programs in Franklin and surrounding counties. Action for Children will update the map twice daily as the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services approves new programs and as programs request removal. Families may also submit a help request online or call specialists at 614-224-0222, ext. 299, for help connecting with a provider.
Please refer families and employers that might need Temporary Pandemic child care to Action for Children’s website.