Ward 3 Quick Update: May 26, 2020

Ward 3 Resident,

I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend. Although yesterday this Memorial Day was not the normal that we are all use to due to COVID-19. We still gave pause and thanks for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation in our Armed Forces. Whether they fell in the Revolutionary War or the Global War on Terrorism and every war in between. They paid the ultimate price for the freedom we all enjoy today. We honored them unfortunately without the normal public ceremonies, but with private or virtual ones. President Trump even ordered all flags to half-staff this weekend to also mourned and honor the over 100,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

As our city, state, and country continue to reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus is still among us. Please continue following safety measures below to keep yourself and others safe from further spread of COVID-19: Stay at least six feet from others at all times; Avoid crowded areas; Wear a cloth face covering to protect yourself and others; Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use if soap and water are not available.

Since my last update, Governor Mike DeWine has ordered additional business re-openings, and some additional items locally I like to give you a quick update on.

Have a great rest of the week!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

Rumpke Waste & Recycling Memorial Day Holiday Schedule 
In observance of Memorial Day, just a reminder again Rumpke trash and recycling collection will NOT occur on Monday May 25th. Service will be delayed one day the entire week of May 25th. This means if your regular pick-up day is Monday, it will be moved to Tuesday, Tuesday will be moved to Wednesday, etc. Rumpke will resume its normal schedule the week of June 1st. If you have any questions, please call Rumpke at 1-800-828-8171 or Click Here for their full 2020 holiday schedule.

Memorial Day
As a US Army Veteran Memorial Day has deep meaning. A tradition my son Henry and I have is attending each year our City of North Royalton Memorial Day Ceremony. This year due to COVID-19 and restrictions on public gatherings with over 10 people. We couldn’t attend as normal. So the First Family of North Royalton Ward 3 we donated two wreaths for our city’s memorials to our residents who have given their lives to our country and laid them ourselves on behalf both our family and all Ward 3 families this Memorial Day. Also I like to thank the Strongsville VFW Post for still coming to North Royalton to honor our fallen at the City Cemetery. Click Here to view the video.

Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory in Effect:

Just a reminder the Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory is in effect which replaced the Stay Safe Ohio order issued by the Ohio Department of Health on April 30, 2020. The health order replaces language requiring Ohioans to stay at home with limited exceptions with language that strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. The order does not change the mass gather-ing restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit. The new health advisory also lifts overall travel restrictions and the requirement to quarantine if someone travels to or returns to Ohio. Unnecessary travel within or outside of Ohio is not encouraged

Click Here to read the Full Text of the Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory

Governor DeWine has announced the following additional re-openings as part of Responsible Restart Ohio

May 31st: Child Care Providers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these providers can meet required safety protocols. You can find the full list of mandatory and recommended best practices. To assist in the reopening of child care centers, Ohio will seek to use more than $60 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide reopening grants to all of Ohio’s child care providers, including family child care, child care centers, and both publicly-funded and private providers. Governor DeWine also announced that Ohio will fund a research project to study best practices for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in child care settings. Information gathered from the study will continue to inform child care regulations moving forward. Click Here to learn more. Also Click Here for helpful information for parents.

May 26th: Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) locations in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for certain services if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. Services that can be accomplished online should still be done online. More details on online BMV services can be found at oplates.com.

May 26: Gyms and Fitness Centers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. Click Here to learn more.

May 26: Sports Leagues in Ohio will be permitted to operate if these leagues can meet required safety protocols. This applies only to non-contact and limited-contact sports. Safety protocols for high-contact sports are in development. Click Here to learn more.

May 26: Miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys may resume operations if they can meet required safety protocols. Click Here to learn more.

May 26: Skills training for all sports, including contact sports, may resume if required safety protocols can be met. Tournaments, games, and competitions for contact sports are still prohibited. Click Here to learn more.

May 26: Public Pools and Club Pools that are regulated by local health departments in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water. Click Here to learn more.

June 1: Catering and Banquet Centers may reopen if they can meet required safety protocols. Protocols include six feet between tables, no congregating, and a crowd size of no more than 300 people. Click Here to learn more.

Full guidelines to ensure all sectors operate in the safest manner possible are be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Face Coverings Required in All County Buildings
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish has issued an Executive Order requiring that all those entering County buildings and facilities wear a face mask. This is for the health and safety of both the employees coming into work as well as those visiting. While the majority of county facilities are not yet open to the public, some folks are coming in to drop off forms or make payments.

Summer COVID-19 Tips from CDC
As we approach summer the CDC has some tips on visiting parks and recreational facilities that you might find of interest by Clicking Here. CDC also advises when at the pool this summer to do the following to help reduce the spread of COVID-19: In or out of the water, stay 6 feet away from people who do not live with you; Stay home if you are not feeling well; Use cloth face coverings when not in the water; Children under 2 years of age or anyone who has trouble breathing should not use face coverings; and Limit sharing of pool toys and equipment.

Unemployment due to COVID-19
Don’t forget to register for the upcoming virtual job fair! Register by May 25th, job fair takes places June 15th through June 19th. Click Here to learn more. Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday 9:00am to 1:00pm. When applying online try non-peak hours like early in the morning.  If you are ineligible for state unemployment, you may be eligible of relief under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. The system went live on May 12th and you can register at: pua.unemployment.ohio.gov. The benefit amount will be similar to traditional unemployment benefits plus $600. Benefits will last for 13 weeks.

Help for Families due to COVID-19
ODJFS said that electronic pandemic EBT program just received federal approval. JFS will be able to provide SNAP benefits for some 850,000 students across Ohio. Families will receive $300 to feed children. For more information visit: www.benefits.ohio.gov. Click Here to view additional Economic Resources for Individuals and Families.

North Royalton City Government Important Updates Regarding COVID-19

City Buildings, Recreation Re-Openings, and & Event Cancellations Updates

  • Memorial Park remains CLOSED. It will remain closed to abide by the Governor’s rule on gatherings and groups. However, the Mayor has reopened the tennis courts and skate park. Again, please be mindful of social distancing when utilizing these two areas.
  • Municipal buildings have reopened to the public, with the exception of the Office on Aging and the Fire Stations. Social distancing measures are practiced in our buildings, and with enhanced disinfecting and cleaning practices.
Click Here to View Current Updates from the City of North Royalton.

North Royalton Ward 3 Neighborhood Buddy Program for COVID-19 
If you are Ward 3 resident who is elderly, lives alone, has a pr-existing condition please consider signing up TODAY to participate in the #NRWard3Buddy Program. The purpose of this program is to establish a “buddy” system in North Royalton Ward 3 to ensure vulnerable and hard-to-reach community members stay connected to COVID-19 related news, food, services, and help keep positive morale to get through the COVID-19 emergency safely. While supplies last every person in the program gets a FREE cloth mask. If you are interested in having a buddy contact me Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw via email at ward3@northroyalton.org, or online at http://www.danlangshaw.com/contact or by phone at 440-785-4240. (Note: Residents not living in Ward 3 who want a buddy will not be turned away).

#MaskUpNRWard3 & #MaskUpNoRo Initiative
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that Americans wear cloth face coverings (masks) in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This recommendation is being made based on studies that show a significant proportion of people with COVID-19 lack symptoms and can transmit the virus to others in close proximity, through speaking, coughing, sneezing or other means. So in late March of 2020, I launched my  #MaskUpNRWard3 & #MaskUpNoRo Initiative to get as many homemade cloth face masks to residents and businesses who urgently need in both Ward 3 and North Royalton Community to eliminate the spread of COVID-19! Because of the help of many amazing volunteers “Mask Angels”, generous donations of supplies, and more. Over 1,500 FREE homemade cloth masks have already been given out so far to the elderly, those with high risk conditions to COVID-19, #NRWard3Buddy Program residents, nurses, front line health care workers, nursing homes, residential care facilities for those with developmental disabilities, essential businesses, essential workers, first responders families, and more throughout both Ward 3 and the entire North Royalton community! Wearing a mask on top of other measures like social distancing and proper personal hygiene will help get us hopefully closer to a return back to normal sooner! If you need a mask or like to make a donation of supplies email me North Royalton Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw at ward3@northroyalton.org or call 440-785-4240.

North Royalton Ward 3 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Website
North Royalton Ward 3 Residents Click Here to view the COVID-19 Ward 3 Updates, alerts, and helpful information including places to get take out, buy masks locally, business assistance, and more.

Top places for COVID-19 information are as follows:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)