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Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations
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Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager
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mjcrabill@columbus.gov

Media Advisory
News Date: April 27, 2020

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Responds to Reopening Columbus

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther released the following statement regarding the gradual reopening of Columbus:

“We know our community is suffering greatly from COVID-19 - physically, emotionally and financially. However, thanks to the leadership of Governor DeWine and the steadfast efforts of our residents, we have significantly reduced the rate of infection, spared our hospitals from being overwhelmed and saved lives. But the virus is still among us, and efforts to reopen the state must be uniform from one city to the next and must be based on the best science available. It is not business as usual, but I support the governor’s thoughtful, measured approach to reopening the economy safely.

We expressed five areas of need to Governor DeWine before we open: greater flexibility and expanded access to testing; increased testing supplies/kits; Ohio Public Health order requiring all residents wear facial coverings in public; clear, consistent guidance on mass gatherings throughout the state; clear guidance and support on managing, testing, containment and mitigation of COVID-19 at long term care facilities. We are pleased with the progress on all fronts.

As Governor DeWine said this afternoon, we will be reopening the city slowly, as we continue to monitor infections. Any business that is open – whether they have been open over the last several weeks or will reopen in the days to come – must follow stringent guidelines on social distancing, proper hygiene, cleaning and face coverings for employees and customers.

We strongly encourage all residents to only leave home when absolutely necessary. When you must be out, it is critical to maintain social distancing and to wear a cloth facial covering, not just to protect yourself, but also those around you.

As we move forward in safely opening our community, we will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19. We all have a role to play in keeping our community safe, and I ask all Columbus residents to continue to do their part and act responsibly. We’re truly #InThisTogetherOhio.”