Release Date: March 23,2020
Mayor Horrigan Urges Residents to Stay at Home Following State Order
Akron, Ohio, March 23, 2020 – In compliance with the directives of Governor Mike DeWine and the Stay at Home Order of Ohio Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is speaking directly to Akron residents and urging them to comply with the Stay at Home Order.
Mayor Horrigan said, “It is absolutely essential that each and every one of us take this situation seriously in order to limit community spread here in Akron and across the state.” The Stay at Home Order is a lawful order of the Health Director, which, if necessary, will be enforced by local public safety and health officials. Violation of the order is a second degree misdemeanor.
“The Akron Police Department is committed to doing its part to minimize the impact of the coming surge of coronavirus cases,” Akron Police Chief Ken Ball said, “We will be using this opportunity to educate the community about the critical importance of following the Stay at Home Order and limiting unnecessary gatherings and contacts. As our local police officers continue to place themselves at risk, we are pleased to report an overall reduction in crime and calls for service. Our community is truly coming together, and we hope to see that continue.”
In addition to ordering residents to stay at home except for certain exemptions, the State order also outlines what is considered an essential and non-essential business during this state of emergency. Beginning at 11:59 p.m. Monday night, all non-essential businesses should shut down any non-remote operations within the State of Ohio, including Akron. Read the full order here: Director's Stay At Home Order.
“These steps are not taken lightly. Governor DeWine and local officials are aware of the impact this will have on residents and businesses alike, but right now, the number one priority has to be the safety of our community. This is a time which requires extraordinary measures of shared sacrifice to ensure that we protect our most vulnerable citizens and to give our hospitals the best chance possible to treat critically ill patients. I am asking all of our residents to take their responsibility to heart during this time to keep us all safe.
The City has made several updates to their operations during this time to comply with the most up to date guidelines from local and state health officials regarding social distancing. Last week, Mayor Horrigan proactively sent home all non-essential City employees to protect employee health and safety. All essential City services are being maintained, including our drinking water supply divisions, wastewater collection and treatment divisions, and trash/recycling services. To stay informed, please visit akronohio.gov/COVID19.
NEW: This week, Mayor Horrigan ordered all City playgrounds and equipment closed until further notice to prevent spread of the coronavirus/COVID19. Residents may still visit a City park to enjoy the open space, but are urged to carefully practice 6 or more feet of physical distancing from others.
Details re: City of Akron Water Service
Water service will continue safely and uninterrupted during the emergency declaration period. Water will not be shut off for non-payment. Only in a very limited number of situations would there be a need for Akron employees to enter a customer’s home to service a water meter. In that situation, employees will be wearing protective gear and ask customers to maintain distance for everyone’s safety. You can read more about the Water Department’s preparation and work here.
You can still pay your bill by mail to: Utilities Business Office, PO Box 3674, Akron, OH, 44309, or drop off at the exterior depository slot located at 146 S. High Street. You can also pay online or by phone. Payments by check over the phone at (330) 375-2554 or online at akronohio.gov/billpay will incur a $0.70 service fee. Payment by credit card over the phone or online will incur a $1.95 service fee. You can read more about the Water Department’s preparation and work here.
As the situation continues to evolve, Mayor Horrigan will keep residents informed of any further updates and take actions necessary to ensure the safety and welfare of Akron citizens.