Statewide curfew, Ohio Public Health Advisory System - Franklin County Alert Level 4, Franklin County and Columbus Health Advisory

A 21-day statewide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. is in place beginning Thursday, November 19. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that “the Ohio Department of Health will be issuing a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. statewide curfew beginning on Thursday, November 19. The curfew does not apply to those going to or from work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to a pharmacy. Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery will be permitted, but serving food and drink in person must cease at 10 p.m.”

The Ohio Public Health Advisory System elevated Franklin County to Alert Level 4 (purple) on Thursday, November 19.

The Ohio Public Health Advisory System Alert Level 4 (purple) means that Franklin County has met six of seven data indicators that identify severe exposure and virus spread for at least two weeks. The state advisory system directs Franklin County residents to stay home, except for necessary travel for food and supplies.

A 28-day health advisory for the City of Columbus and Franklin County will be in place beginning Friday, November 20.

The Health Commissioner for the City of Columbus, Dr. Mysheika W. Roberts, and the Health Commissioner for Franklin County Public Health, Joe Mazzola, advise all residents of Columbus and Franklin County to stay at home due to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city and county. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up food, or receiving deliveries.

Additionally, residents are strongly advised to:

  • Avoid traveling in and out of the state; and

  • Forgo having guests in their homes during the upcoming holiday season.

This advisory shall remain in place for 28 days, or until such time as both health departments determine a change to the guidance is appropriate. 

 

Impacts to Ohio State students, faculty and staff
 

All Ohioans will be under a statewide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning on Thursday, Nov. 19. 

Everyone in Franklin County should stay at home except for taking part in essential activities. In accordance with both local and state guidance, students, faculty and staff must be in their residence from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. University Libraries will offer contactless services after Nov. 19, and buildings will be closed to the public. The following facilities have adjusted their operating hours to close by 9:30 p.m. (locations may vary);  please check websites for updated hours before visiting:

 

Franklin County residents should stay at home except for necessary travel.

Everyone in Franklin County should stay at home except for taking part in essential activities. Any employee who can telework should do so, after coordinating with their supervisor. Effective at 6 pm. November 20, in-person classes will be moved to online or other forms of remote instruction. Exceptions where in-person instruction is permitted include clinical programs conducted under approved safety protocols as well as laboratory, studio and performance classes. Students should check with their instructors about alternative plans for in-person courses, and professors who need assistance with different delivery modes should contact their academic department.

 

All residents of Columbus and Franklin County to stay at home due to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city and county. 

Everyone in Franklin County should stay at home except for taking part in essential activities. Students living on campus are asked not to leave campus unless it is absolutely necessary. Students living off campus should only come to campus for class and other necessary activities including: to work, take a COVID-19 test or fulfill a medical appointment or address other in-person responsibilities. Any employee who can telework should do so, after coordinating with their supervisor, to enhance the safety of our campuses for those who must come in. Read more in a message from President Johnson

 

Avoid traveling in and out of the state.

Students

Students should obtain a negative COVID-19 test and then head to their permanent home and stay there unless they have received an exception to remain on campus. Once home, students should comply with the advisory by refraining from all further travel, as the university has previously advised. It remains critically important that students take a COVID-19 test and wait for a negative result before traveling home.

Faculty and staff

As Ohio State advised on November 12, due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, faculty and staff should stay at home instead of traveling over the holiday and winter break and avoid gatherings with those outside of their immediate household. Employees are also encouraged to take advantage of the university’s voluntary testing program to help keep yourself and the members of your household safe.

University sponsored domestic and international travel has been suspended since March 2020. That suspension remains in effect.

 

Forgo having guests in homes during the upcoming holiday season.

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, faculty and staff should stay at home instead of traveling over the holiday and winter break and avoid gatherings with those outside of their immediate household. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to take advantage of the university’s voluntary testing program to help keep yourself and the members of your household safe. Read more in a message from President Johnson

Students should obtain a negative COVID-19 test and then head to their permanent home and stay there unless they have received an exception to remain on campus. Testing should be completed at least 24 hours before departing campus to ensure results are back prior to your departure. Once students receive a negative test, the university strongly urges students to leave campus for winter break. For students living off campus, the university also asks them to return to their permanent residences after testing negative for COVID-19, if that is the safest environment to continue learning. Read more on the Travel page.

 

Ohio residents are urged to limit meetings and social events to 10 individuals. The advice applies to both indoor and outdoor events that may occur at a residence, banquet hall, event venue or other similar space.

In alignment with the November 15 Ohio Department of Health order and the City of Columbus and Franklin County Health Advisory, all in-person gatherings, events and tabling activities, even those of 10 people or fewer, will be prohibited. This limitation applies both to on-campus and off-campus events and gatherings of any kind. Read more on the Events and gatherings pageThe university community will celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 during a virtual commencement on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at 2 p.m. The event will be livestreamed and shared with Buckeyes in Ohio and around the world. An in-person ceremony will be announced at a future date when it is safe to do so. Read more in a message from President Johnson.

 

Residents are strongly advised to not have any guests in their homes unless they are essential to health and safety.

For the health and safety of our university community, visitors (anyone living outside of a student’s specific residential community) will not be permitted after student move-in. Overnight guests are also prohibited. Read more on the Office of Student Life Housing website.

 

Residents of Columbus and Franklin County that are exhibiting any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 must shelter in their place of residence.

For students who test positive for COVID-19, the 10 days of isolation starts the day after the positive test sample was taken. The clock starts the day after the negative test. Then the isolation period lasts for 10 complete days. In most cases, the person can expect to leave isolation after that 10-day period is complete. For those who were in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, the 14 days of quarantine starts the day after the close contact occurred. The clock starts the day after the contact. The quarantine period lasts for 14 complete days. In most cases, the person can expect to leave quarantine after that 14-day period is complete. Read more on the Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine page

 

All sectors are advised to work from home to the maximum extent possible. All public and private businesses are advised to transition as many transactions and functions as possible to online.

Everyone in Franklin County should stay at home except for taking part in essential activities. Any employee who can telework should do so, after coordinating with your supervisor. The Office of Human Resources website has information available about telework options as well as leave programs for faculty and staff during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

 

All organizations and residents are strongly advised to suspend and discontinue extracurricular activities, including sports.

Everyone in Franklin County should stay at home except for taking part in essential activities. All in-person gatherings, events and tabling activities, even those of 10 people or fewer, will be prohibited. This limitation applies both to on-campus and off-campus events and gatherings of any kind. Read more on the Events and gatherings page The university community will celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 during a virtual commencement on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at 2 p.m. The event will be livestreamed and shared with Buckeyes in Ohio and around the world. An in-person ceremony will be announced at a future date when it is safe to do so. Read more in a message from President Johnson.

 

Ohio State athletics competitions will continue, with further restrictions on attendance.

In alignment with the Columbus Department of Health’s stay at home advisory, the Department of Athletics has determined that family members of the players and coaching staffs of teams competing this fall will no longer be permitted into any university sporting event. The decision is immediate and means no family members will be in Ohio Stadium Saturday, November 21 when Ohio State and Indiana meet at noon. A limited number of media will be allowed to document the game from the press box. FOX will televise the game to a national audience. 

The Department of Athletics will continue to work with state and local health officials on protocols and adjustments for hosting events during the pandemic. The decision not to allow families at football games will be reevaluated prior to Ohio State’s final home football game of the season, Dec. 12 against the University of Michigan. The decision not to allow families will, however, stay in place for all of the Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball and hockey home games that are either scheduled, or in the process of being scheduled, through the remainder of 2020.