Grove City COVID-19 Updates
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced an Ohio Department of Health order mandates face coverings in public in all counties that are designated as a Red Alert Level 3 Public Health Emergency or a Purple Alert Level 4 Public Health Emergency.
Franklin County is designated Red Alert Level 3.
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 Director’s Second Order to Extend the Expiration Date of Various Orders, updated July 7, 2020. Mass gatherings (10 or more persons) increase the risk of community transmission of the virus COVID-19.
View the new 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).
U.S. Department of Labor – Webinar for Manufacturers
The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting a compliance assistance webinar, Thursday, June 25 at 1 p.m., to discuss how the Department is helping workers and employers by reducing regulatory burdens and making it easier to understand and comply with the law. This webinar provides an opportunity for workers, employers and state and local governments to ask questions and discuss how the Department can expand and improve access to its compliance assistance materials. To register, visit the U.S. Department of Labor registration page.
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.
Line 61 to Grove City is no longer in service. Visit Major Service Change Announcements for adjusted schedules.
Effective Monday, June 8, COTA will restore early morning service on several lines, including the Line 3 Northwest/Harrisburg, which serves Broadway/Harrisburg Pike, Columbus Street/Stringtown Road and Buckeye Parkway in Grove City. This service will run from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For additional information visit the Line 3 schedule.
Please note, COTA Plus will continue to operate weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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.
COTA reserves the flexibility to make adjustments to bus schedules as this situation evolves.
- COTA has temporarily suspended AirConnect service and Night Owl service.
- Effective immediately, all fares are waived for bus service, including COTA Plus.
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 NRA web page.
Steps to Take Before Reopening Your Business
As the Governor moves forward, it is important to be aware that buildings have been vacant for several weeks and the plumbing systems are required to be flushed.
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.
The Columbus Partnership has developed a survey to understand employee opinions about returning to the workplace.
This survey can be completed by individuals living or working in any area of the United States. What you share will help a variety of organizations prepare their workplaces for the future as they consider the impacts of COVID-19.
To complete the survey, visit COVID-19 Survey.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is ordering the relaxing of some unemployment compensation requirements and timelines for COVID-19 impacted workers who do not receive paid leave and for people who have been quarantined due to COVID-19. Visit the State of Ohio Businesses/Employers – COVID-19 Checklist for additional information.
Download the April 2 Stay at Home Order.
Rent and Eviction Suspension Order
Governor Mike DeWine issued an order that landlords are requested to suspend rent payments for at least 90 days for small business commercial tenants and provide for a moratorium on evictions of small business tenants for 90 days.
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.
Grace Period for Health Insurance Premiums
All health insurers are required to provide the option of deferring premium payments, interest free, for up to 60 calendar days from each original premium due date. This means that employers can defer their premium payments up to two months, giving them some relief on costs, while keeping their employees insured.
Grace Period for Health Insurance Premiums
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.
Temporary Pandemic Child Care
Effective immediately, only child care programs with a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license will be permitted to operate in Ohio, serving only essential workers defined by the state with priority for key health and safety occupations.
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 the surrounding counties. Action for Children will update the map twice daily as the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services approves new programs and some programs request removal. Families can 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.