Declaration of State of Emergency
City of Groveport, Ohio
By: Mayor Lance Westcamp
WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine issued Executive Order 2020-0l D declaring a state of emergency; and,
WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 to be a global “pandemic” requiring “urgent and aggressive action” to control the spread of the virus; and,
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a National Emergency, invoking the Stafford Act and allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster response and aid state and local governments in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic; and,
WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the Director of Ohio Department of Health issued an amended order to limit and/or prohibit mass gatherings and the closure of venues in the State of Ohio; and
WHEREAS, the state of Ohio has 88 confirmed cases including 4 in the City of Columbus and is currently experiencing “community spread” of the virus that causes COVID-19; and,
WHEREAS, the Governor’s declaration follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Interim Guidance,” recommending that all employers consider how best to decrease the spread of COVID-19; and,
WHEREAS, the CDC has advised those that have possible or confirmed COVID-19 to stay home from work, school, and away from other public places.
NOW, THEREFORE, I Lance Westcamp, Mayor of the City of Groveport, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Ohio Constitution, the Charter of the City of Groveport, do hereby order and direct that:
- A State of Emergency is declared for the entire City of Groveport to protect the lives and well-being of the citizens of the City as well as those who work, attend school, and visit the City from the dangerous effects of COVID-19.
- The City of Groveport’s Municipal Government will operate with a reduced staffing level beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Department Directors will continue to work their normal schedules. Support staff in the Municipal Building will not report to work.
- The Public Works Department will operate with a revolving schedule of employees working reduced schedules. The reduced staffing level will remain in effect through Friday, March 27th, at which time the situation will be re-evaluated.
- The Groveport Police Department will continue to patrol the City as they normally do.
- The City Municipal Building will remain closed to the general public. However, if you must conduct business with the City of Groveport, please call 614-830-2041 to make arrangements.
- This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and remain in full force and effect until the emergency no longer exists, such time to be determined by the Governor of the State of Ohio as determined by the Director of Health of the State of Ohio and the Executive Director of the Emergency Management Agency of the State of Ohio.