Dear Beachwood Community:
Thank you for your cooperation and sacrifice in following the state’s stay-at-home order for the past five weeks. Everyone understands how difficult and uncertain this period has been for all of us. Your efforts helped flatten the curve, resulting in a less-than-anticipated strain on our health system and first responders, along with fewer hospitalizations and deaths. As a result, Governor DeWine has announced the Responsible Restart Ohio program phasing in the re-opening of our economy.
Every state has a different timetable, different businesses that are allowed to be open and different restrictions. If you watch the national news, it’s confusing to know who is doing what and when. Therefore, the following is a summary of the process for opening Ohio under the new Stay-Safe-Ohio Order, which has been extended until May 29:
- Hospitals can perform non-essential surgeries
- Manufacturing, Distribution & Construction
- General Office Environments
- Consumer, Retail & Services
There are very detailed industry-specific requirements for opening. These requirements can be found at http://coronavirus.ohio.gov
. The Responsible Restart Ohio rules, in general, requires employees (with some exceptions) to wear a mask or cloth covering over their face. Customers are encouraged to wear masks, but it is not mandatory. There are other social distancing, sanitization, work-space requirements, and usable space requirements contained in the guidelines.
If your business is reopening under the above schedule, please call our Fire and Rescue Department at 216-292-1965 to review your legal-occupancy limit. Under current guidelines, an office or store can only allow 50% of its fire-code-rated occupancy on the premises. Our Inspectors and Fire Department staff can also advise you on appropriate social-distancing spacing between desks, cubicles and other work areas.
Many businesses and operations continue to remain closed until further decisions are made by the Governor. These include:
- Dine-In Restaurants and Bars
- Personal Appearance and Beauty Businesses
- Older Adult Day Care Services
- Child Care Services
- Entertainment, Recreation, and Gyms
In Beachwood, all summer activities in our Community Center have been canceled. All camps have now been canceled. Summer band concerts at the pool have been canceled. The Resident Shred Day that was scheduled for May 10 has been canceled. We have not made a decision on the opening of the pool and that will also be determined based on the guidelines of the State, consultation with medical authorities and other factors. The playground at the pool continues to remain closed per the Governor’s order. Barkwood Dog Park and the tennis courts are currently closed, but we are working on new procedures so that we can open these facilities safely.
Our Community Services Department continues to provide van service to resident seniors and residents with disabilities to get to medical appointments. The van service has been expanded to also include pre-paid grocery and pharmacy pickups for seniors. They also continue to make wellness calls to seniors daily or weekly. For van service, or to be added to the wellness-call list (for yourself or a friend), please call 216-292-1970.
We are entering a “new normal” that may last for more than a year. Please follow the guidelines of our businesses as you enter their premises. While we want to successfully restart this economy, it is important to recognize that the current stay-at-home order is still in effect and will continue through the end of May. Your patience and cooperation will help all of us make this difficult transition safer, more productive and less stressful.
We also want to remind you that the wearing of masks or face coverings is strongly encouraged. The mask is not a protection for the wearer, but a protection for those around you. Even if you are asymptomatic, or without any coronavirus symptoms, you can spread it to those around you through a cough or sneeze. In an effort to stop the spread of this virus, and out of respect for those around you, please wear a mask in any public area where you may be closer than six feet from another person.
Our world has changed in a few weeks’ time. The rules we are asked to live by are constantly being reviewed and revised. If you are confused, need clarification or just have questions, please contact our office at 216-292-1901 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe and stay healthy, Beachwood.
Martin S. Horwitz