The City of Cleveland continues to take numerous precautions across multiple departments and divisions amid increasing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are some important updates. Mayor Frank G. Jackson signed an order on Feb. 24, 2021 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through March 31, 2021. Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.
City of Cleveland Reminds Residents of City Office Holiday Closures and NO DELAY in Waste Collection
In observance of Good Friday, City of Cleveland offices – including City Hall and public utilities – will be closed on Friday, April 2, 2021. The Willard Garage attached to City Hall will be open only to keycard holders.
The City of Cleveland Department of Public Works WILL collect waste on Good Friday, April 2, 2021. There will be no delay in waste collection due to the holiday.
Other Important Reminders
City of Cleveland and Cleveland Department of Public Health to Begin Reporting Weekly COVID-19 Cases
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) is committed to reporting COVID-19-related information accurately to the community. Starting the week of April 5, CDPH will begin posting a COVID-19 weekly summary report that includes data pertaining to reported COVID cases and vaccine distribution. The new weekly comprehensive summary report will replace our daily COVID-19 case numbers report. The report will be released in the City of Cleveland’s news updates and posted to the CDPH website.
As previously announced, case numbers will be reported Monday-Friday until the week of April 5.
RTA and Civic Partners Provide Free Ride to Vaccination Centers
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is partnering with Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland to provide All Day passes good for a free ride on bus, rail and paratransit to the Wolstein Center and vaccination sites throughout the county. Read the full release here.
Mayor Frank G. Jackson Announces Return of the Exterior Paint Program
The City of Cleveland invites residents to take advantage of its 2021 Exterior Paint Program. Applications must be received by April 30, 2021.
The Exterior Paint Program provides paint and materials to homeowners who wish to paint the exterior of their homes. Labor is not included. The goal for 2021 is 500 homes with a total allocation of $500,000 for the program.
“The goal of this program is to help residents protect their home investments, improve housing stock in our neighborhoods and create a better, more equitable quality of life,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.
Homeowners, as well as tenants, who meet income guidelines, are welcome to apply for the program. Funds cover the cost of up to $1,500 for owner occupants or up to $750 for tenants in paint and materials, though restrictions do apply. Inspections of the property must also be conducted. Applications must be received by April 30, 2021 and the painting must be completed by October 31, 2021.
The Department of Community Development’s Division of Neighborhood Services administers services on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Cleveland residents can obtain applications by calling (216) 664-2045.
Exterior Paint Program Income Guidelines
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Small Business Administration (SBA) – Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans Update
SBA has announced an additional tranche of PPP funding to assist small businesses. PPP loans are available until March 31, 2021 to help keep businesses open during the COVID-19 Pandemic. PPP Loans may be eligible for forgiveness if certain conditions are met:
· Employee and compensation levels are maintained
· Loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other expenses
· At least 60% of proceeds are spent on payroll costs
President Biden has announced several changes to the program to make it more accessible:
· Beginning February 24 and through March 10, only businesses with fewer than 20 employees are eligible to apply in order to ensure that the smallest businesses have access to this program.
· Rules for sole proprietors, self-employed individuals and independent contractors have been modified to increase access for certain felony convictions.
· Elimination of student loan debt delinquency as a disqualifier to PPP loans
· Non-citizen small business owners may use Individual Tax Identification Numbers to apply for PPP.
Information about the program, including matching small businesses with area lenders, can be found at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program
City of Cleveland Establishes Call Center to Answer General Vaccine Distribution Questions
The City of Cleveland has established a call center that is currently available to answer general questions pertaining to the City’s vaccine distribution efforts and assist eligible individuals in scheduling an appointment to receive the vaccine.
- Call Center Number: (216) 664-2222
- Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As a reminder, only individuals who meet the Ohio Department of Health’s criteria are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time. Due to limited supply, it will take time for eligible individuals to receive the vaccine. We ask for your patience. As we receive additional supply, we will be opening up additional vaccination sites and scheduling appointments for eligible individuals to receive the vaccine.
Calls Regarding COVID-19 Complaints
With the passage by Cleveland City Council of an ordinance authorizing penalties for non-compliance with Mayor Jackson’s mask mandate, enforcement is now in effect. There are two numbers Clevelanders should call regarding non-compliance:
● Business complaints: CDPH hotline at (216) 857-7165
● Individual or private residence complaints: Cleveland Police non-emergency line at (216) 621-1234
Cleveland City Council recently approved the mandatory use of masks in public spaces as well as certain penalties for individuals and businesses that do not comply. On July 3, Mayor Jackson signed an amended order mandating the use of masks in public in the City of Cleveland to slow the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. This includes mandatory use in bars, restaurants, shared office settings, rideshares and other shared spaces.
Citations may be issued with fines for the following:
● Any business or person violating the mask or safe-seating order (which maintains social distancing of at least six feet between patrons) is subject to civil penalties in accordance with Ordinance No. 556-2020, specifically chapters 602 and 236.
● Any business in the City of Cleveland with an employee who becomes ill with the coronavirus is required to immediately disinfect and sanitize the premises. Following a warning, they may be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 for the first offense and a civil penalty of $3,000 for each subsequent violation.
Upcoming Cleveland Transformation Alliance Meetings
The Cleveland Transformation Alliance Committee (CTA) is currently hosting public meetings via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. For more information on these meetings, please visit http://www.myCLEschool.org. See details for upcoming meetings below:
Finance Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 22 at 8:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams
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Cleveland Plan Progress Committee Refresh Retreat
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1 p.m. via Zoom
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Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting
Monday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom
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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland
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