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.”