Our goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please check back frequently for the most recent information.
Mayoral Proclamation & Resolution on Masks

Mayor Warren R. Copeland has issued the following Mayoral Proclamation and Executive Order based on Governor DeWine’s recent Executive Order 2020-OID, and declaring a state of emergency employing preventative and proactive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to treat those affected.  Please be patient as we work through this emergency together.

UPDATE (March 24, 2020):  Amendment 1 to the Mayoral Proclamation and Executive Order

UPDATE (April 7, 2020):  Amendment 2 to the Mayoral Proclamation and Executive Order

UPDATE (June 1, 2020):  Amendment 3 to the Mayoral Proclamation and Executive Order

Resolution 6087 approved 6/30/2020 supporting and approving the use of face coverings and six (6) feet of social distancing to all members of the public to reduce and prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

 

 

Cancellations and Closures

SPRINGFIELD (March 23, 2020) – Officials with the City of Springfield have announced the following closures, cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19.

Please check back frequently for updates:
  • 911 Dispatch – Callers are advised that screening questions will be asked when they call, and emergency responders may ask residents to speak with them outside upon arrival. All other public services operating as usual.
  • American Red Cross – All local offices closed to the public.
  • Arbor Day 2020 – Annual event postponed to an undetermined date in Fall of 2020.
  • Bike to Work Day – May 15th event is cancelled.
  • Board of Zoning Appeals – April 20 meeting at 7 p.m. is cancelled.
  • Citizens Police Academy – Spring session is cancelled.
  • City of Springfield – Offices closed to the public until further notice.
  • City Planning Board – April 13 meeting at 7 p.m. is cancelled.
  • Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) – March 23rd meeting is cancelled.
  • Historic Landmarks Commission – April 13 meeting at 5:30 p.m. is cancelled.
  • Human Relations Board — May 11 meeting cancelled. The next regularly scheduled meeting is Monday, June 9, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.
  • NTPRD Basketball Courts — Closed to public until further notice.
  • NTPRD Parks – Until further notice, NTPRD playgrounds and the Warder Fit Stop will be closed to the public due to Governor Dewine’s Stay At Home Order. Parks will remain open during this time. We encourage individuals to practice social distancing while using the park system. Click the link for additional information regarding closures and programming. https://ntprd.org/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/
  • NTPRD Playgrounds – Closed to public until further notice.
  • NTPRD Skateboard Park – Mitchell Blvd. park is closed to public until further notice.
  • Social Security Administration – All local Social Security offices are closed to the public for in-person service.
  • Springfield City Schools – Schools closed until April 6, 2020.
  • Springfield Fire Rescue Division – All offices closed to the public. All scheduled activities involving public interactions, including ride-alongs, tours, and fire inspections, are suspended. All other public services operating as usual.
  • Springfield Police Division – Records office closed to the public. All scheduled activities involving public interactions, including ride-alongs, are suspended. All other public services operating as usual.
  • Tenant Education Seminar – March 27th event is cancelled.
Most Recent COVID Developments
UPDATE:  Lobby Hours for Income Tax and Utility Billing 

Beginning Monday, June 15th the first floor lobby of City Hall will be open to the public the following hours.

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Please respect the markings for social distancing.  Seven people will be allowed in the building at any given time.  Please wait your turn outside, using social distancing under the walk-through space outside, if the lobby has 7 people waiting.  If you are sick, or think you may be sick, please do not enter the building.  Masks are recommended but not required.  This policy will remain in place until further guidance is provided by the State of Ohio.

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Latest Updates from Governor DeWine 

Please visit Ohio’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) website for up-to-date information released from the State of Ohio.  This page provides information about Responsible RestartOhio, testing and gives you the most current information available from the State.  The City of Springfield will continue to follow the directives laid out by the Governor and his staff.

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City Commission to Hold Special Virtual Meetings in lieu of Regular In-person Meetings until further notice

Springfield City Commission will hold a special virtual legislative meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 2:00 PM in place of its regular evening session.

Due to COVID-19, in-person public participation is prohibited. Citizens may participate in and view the meeting by:

Tuesday’s meeting will be recorded and made available for rebroadcast on local Channel 5 after the meeting.

Individuals who have questions on any legislative item must submit questions ahead of time to be read during the meeting. Questions, including the individual’s name and address, may be sent to City Clerk Jill Pierce at commission@springfieldohio.gov OR call the City Clerk’s Office at 937-324-7341 no later than 1:00 PM on the meeting day.

Submissions must include the questioner’s name and address. Questions lacking a name and address will not be read during the special meeting.

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SCAT Adds Additional Safety Measures

Springfield City Area Transit (SCAT) has added additional sanitation and safety measures in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We continue to take the extra steps necessary to keep drivers and riders as safe as possible,” said Logan Cobbs, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Springfield. “We want to ensure that those who rely on public transportation in our community still have the access they need in the safest conditions we can create.”

Modifications to SCAT’s operating procedures will be made with the advice and recommendations of public health officials, as it pertains to the health and safety of the community.

Additional safety measures include:

  • Some seats have been blocked off to ensure that riders remain 6 feet apart from one another
  • A maximum number of people are permitted to ride due to the social distancing measure; if busses are at capacity, riders may wait for the next bus

Safety measures already in place:

  • All transit vehicles are equipped with gloves, sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer
  • The interior of transit vehicles are cleaned thoroughly each day
  • Stops at Market Square are thoroughly cleaned twice daily
  • During boarding, drivers are instructing riders to seat themselves in safe distance from one another
  • Drivers will sanitize the hand rails and fair boxes after each route

Riders are encouraged to practice social distancing at stops and only travel when it’s essential. Riders are also advised to only purchase SCAT passes from reputable dealers.

For more information on public transportation in Springfield, please go to springfieldohio.gov/SCAT.

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April Global Education Lecture to Be Held Remotely

The Global Education and Peace Network will hold the next installment in its Global Education Speaker Series, “Sharing our Roots: Interviewing Our Elders,” online Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. The online platform will be announced at a later time.

April’s program calls on young people to interview an elder remotely and share what they’ve learned in a two-to-five-page paper. Participants should choose the answer they found most interesting and record their elder on video or audio sharing that story. Submissions can be sent to Nancy Flinchbaugh at nflinchbaugh@springfieldohio.gov by April 13, 2020.

Questions that interviewers may ask include:

  1. What was school like when you were growing up?
  2. Who was your favorite teacher and why did you like them? And/or Was there a person in your life you admired, and why?
  3. What activities were you involved in as a young person? (sports, school activities, work, religious, community activities, etc.
  4. What did you and your friends do when you got together?
  5. What were some of the things going on when you were growing up that you were concerned about? Were you and your peers involved in efforts to rectify some of those concerns?
  6. What was going on between people of different color/ethnic backgrounds back then? Did you get along? Were there problems? How did you feel about all of that?
  7. Tell me about what you were like when you were my age. Who did you live with? Where did you go to school? What was important to you?
  8. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time? Or what do you wish you knew back then?

The program is being conducted in partnership with the Heritage Center of Clark County. After the program, students may submit their papers and videos to the Heritage Center’s archives.

The Global Education and Peace Network celebrates its 18th season with the speaker series, “Sharing our Roots: Growing Springfield Together.” Monthly programs will explore ways for local residents to practice kindness in their lives. The Global Education and Peace Network formed during City-sponsored study circles after the tragedy of 9/11. They seek to build bridges of understanding across cultural divides with their monthly speaker series and annual calendar.

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Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order

Gov. Mike Dewine announced today (April 2, 2020) that Ohio’s Stay-At-Home order will be extended to May 1. The City of Springfield will assist in helping with compliance of Gov. Dewine’s order and we ask those in our community to follow Ohio’s Stay-At-Home order so we may stay safe and healthy. Together we can protect our community and save lives. For more information on the governor’s announcement, go to: https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/

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Playgrounds and Warder Fit Stop Closed, Parks Remain Open

National Trail Parks and Recreation District (NTPRD) will close all playgrounds and Warder Fit Stop until further the notice, the district announced today. Parks will remain open with caution to individuals to practice social distancing.

The announcement comes after Governor Mike Dewine issued a Stay At Home Order on March 22. All NTPRD programs and reservations remain suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NTPRD has been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak with the guidance of the Clark County Combined Health District, including information from the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Health authorities have indicated that the situation is evolving and we should do as much as possible to inform those we serve, the community and our staff of the measures we are taking to prevent the spread of the virus. NTPRD will continue to follow the guidelines from the Health District as they become available.

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City to Follow IRS Tax Deadline Extension
SPRINGFIELD (March 20, 2020) – The IRS has announced that the deadline for filing and paying 2019 Federal Income Tax has been extended to July 15, 2020.  The City of Springfield will follow and extend the deadline for filing and paying 2019 Springfield Income Tax to July 15, 2020.
 
This will include 2019 final tax liability and 2020 First Quarter estimated tax. There will be no late penalty or interest charges assessed for these filings and payments that were previously due April 15, 2020 as long as they are received/postmarked by July 15, 2020.
 

Citizens can still request a Federal filing extension to October 15, 2020 which will be honored by the City of Springfield.

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Special Meeting of City Commission Tuesday Morning

SPRINGFIELD (March 19, 2020) – Springfield City Commission will hold a special legislative meeting Tuesday, March 24 at a.m. in place of its regular evening session. Regular City Commission meetings were suspended through the Mayoral Proclamation and Executive Order, issued March 16, 2019.

Due to COVID-19 and in compliance with Gov. DeWine’s Executive Order 2020-01D, in-person public participation is prohibited, but the meeting will be streamed live on Facebook and broadcast on local Channel 5. Public participation will be permitted. You may submit your questions ahead of time and your question will be read during the meeting. Send your questions to City Clerk Jill Pierce at jpierce@springfieldohio.gov, OR you can private message your question via Facebook to the City of Springfield in real time during the meeting.

Remember to include your name and address with your question. Questions lacking a name and address will not be read during the special meeting.

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SCAT Operating Under Heightened Safety Measures

SPRINGFIELD (March 17, 2020) – Springfield City Area Transit will continue operations using additional sanitation measures in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Currently, no cases have been confirmed in Clark County, but we are taking the extra steps necessary to keep drivers and riders as safe as possible,” said Logan Cobbs, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Springfield. “We want to ensure that those who rely on public transportation in our community still have the access they need in the most sanitary conditions we can create.”

Modifications to SCAT’s operating procedures will be made with the advice and recommendations of public health officials, as it pertains to the health and safety of the community.

Safety measures taken include:

  • All transit vehicles are equipped with gloves, sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer
  • The interiors of transit vehicles are cleaned thoroughly each day
  • Stops at Market Square are thoroughly cleaned twice daily
  • During boarding, drivers are instructing riders to seat themselves in safe distance from one another
  • Drivers will sanitize the hand rails and fair boxes after each route

For more information on public transportation in Springfield, please go to springfieldohio.gov/SCAT.

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City Offices Closed

SPRINGFIELD (March 16,2020) – Effective immediately, all City of Springfield government buildings will be closed to the public until further notice.

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Mayoral Proclamation and Executive Order

SPRINGFIELD (March 16,2020) – Mayor Warren R. Copeland has issued the following Mayoral Proclamation and Executive Order based on Governor DeWine’s recent Executive Order 2020-OID, and declaring a state of emergency employing preventative and proactive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to treat those affected.  Please be patient as we work through this emergency together.

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Residential Water Disconnections Suspended, City Taking COVID-19 Precautions

SPRINGFIELD (March 14, 2020) – The City will suspend residential water disconnections on past due accounts in the midst of a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that may compromise local families’ means to meet financial obligations.

The City encourages individuals to continue to pay their utility bills if able, but the City will not shut off someone’s water for non-payment at this time. This policy will take effect immediately and extend through April 15th. The City will then reassess the situation to determine if a longer period is required.

The City is also asking individuals to pay their utility bill online at springfieldohio.gov/utility, or at one of two payment drop off boxes; located on Fountain Ave near City Hall, or at the Service Center located 2100 Lagonda Ave. This is to limit social interaction in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.

Additionally, City leaders and staff met on Friday to discuss actions that the City will take throughout this situation and also spoke with Clark County Combined Health District Commissioner Charles Patterson about the progression of the virus.

At places where City employees interact with the public, the City will equip workers with sanitizing materials to keep those areas clean. The City is also looking at ways to limit unnecessary in-person staff meetings and preparing emergency operations plans, both as precautions.

“Springfield is a resilient community that knows how to come together in a time of crisis,” said City Manager Bryan Heck. “Although there are currently no confirmed cases of the virus in our area, we are taking precautionary measures now so we can be better prepared when illnesses occur.”

Additional details relating to City operations will be released over the coming days and weeks. To stay up-to-date please visit  springfieldohio.gov.

For more information on utility billing, go to springfieldohio.gov/utility.

Useful Links Related to COVID-19

As coronavirus (COVID-19) progresses, we know that you have questions about how your community, schools, and other agencies are responding. Below, find useful information for contacting local and state agencies to learn more about the COVID-19 outbreak and what organizations are advising the public to do.

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