November 2020 Updates
November 25 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
November 25 - Non-Profit Community Grant Applications Now Accepted
Based on findings from the Worthington Community Coronavirus Survey conducted in August and September, mental health and financial impacts are the top concerns of Worthington citizens. See key findings and the full data report here.
To help address these concerns, the City of Worthington has created the Community Support & Relief Grant Program to support our local non-profit organizations in addressing the impacts of the pandemic on our community. This program will provide cash grants to eligible not-for-profit organizations for expenses and programming directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted until Friday, December 4th. See details and complete the application here.
Shop Local this Holiday Season
Worthington's small locally owned businesses need your help this holiday season. It is more important than ever to shop local. Worthington’s small business community is a diverse mix of shops, boutiques, restaurants, services, and experiences - all of which have creatively pivoted to bring you a safe and easy way to get all your shopping done online, over the phone, or virtually!
Take a look at Worthington's Shop Small web page to find ideas and links for how you can keep your dollars in your community, and help your neighbors’ businesses.
November 20 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
November 20 - Parks & Recreation Programming Update
Due to the severe risk of COVID-19 in our community and the Franklin County and Columbus Public Health Stay-at-Home Advisory that goes into effect at 6pm on Friday, November 20, all Worthington Parks and Recreation in-person programming will be cancelled starting November 21 and through the advisory period of 28 days. The Worthington Community Center will remain open at this time and we will continue to evaluate the situation moving forward. Beginning next week, Parks and Recreation staff will start the process of issuing refunds for all programming. The Griswold Center remains closed at this time.
November 19 - Franklin County Elevated to Purple with Extreme Community Spread
Franklin County has been elevated to purple, or level 4, the highest level in the State's public health advisory system. Franklin County is the first and only county in Ohio to reach this level. The purple designation means that there is severe exposure and spread of COVID-19 occurring. People are advised to follow all current health orders, safety protocols, and only leave home for essential supplies and services.
Starting tonight at 10pm, the State will be under a "Stay-at-Home Tonight Order," which establishes a curfew between 10pm and 5am for the next 21 days. Certain exceptions apply for seeking essential needs and services.
Beginning Friday, November 20, at 6pm, Worthington and all of Franklin County will be under a Stay-at-Home advisory for the next 28 days. People 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, and picking up food. If you do have to go out, always wear a mask, wash your hands thoroughly and often, and stay physically distant. The State order and local stay-at-home advisory are in place to slow the extreme rate of spread of COVID-19 in our community and reduce the impact on our hospital systems.
Health experts also warn not to gather over the holidays with friends and family who do not live in your immediate household. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is also warning against any travel this holiday season.
November 19 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Cancelled
Due to the Stay-at-Home Advisory and extreme spread of COVID-19, the Worthington Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting scheduled for November 29 have been cancelled. Although this special event is no longer taking place, it is more important than ever to shop local and continue to support our local businesses. Visit experienceworthington.com for more information about how you can shop local and help our small businesses through this challenging time.
From the Worthington Farmers Market
The Worthington Farmers Market will be open, as an essential source for groceries, this Saturday, November 21 from 9 am-12 pm at The Shops at Worthington Place. The health and safety of our customers, our producers, our volunteers, and our staff remain our highest priority. We are committed to our pandemic safety protocols, issued by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, to continue to provide a direct source for local food. Our requirements are enforced through weekly inspections by the City of Columbus Public Health. Masks are required for all guests visiting the Worthington Farmers Market. Capacity into the Market is limited to ensure proper social distancing. And, space between producer stalls has increased to allow for wider aisles and additional space for customers waiting to make their purchases. Our pandemic safety protocol can be found here.
Customers can access the Worthington Farmers Market in a variety of ways. Please visit our website to learn more about our layout, pre-orders, and delivery options. As we do every year, the Worthington Farmers Market will be closed next Saturday after Thanksgiving, on Saturday, November 28. We will be back to serve you on Saturday, December 5. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, keep an eye on the Worthington Farmers Market website for any updates or changes to operations.
November 18 - Stay-at-Home Advisory Issued
Worthington, and all of Franklin County and Columbus, will be under a Stay-at-Home advisory beginning Friday, November 20 at 6pm. With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rising at alarming rates, we are at a critical point and must act now to stop the spread and reduce the impact on our hospital systems.
The advisory, issued today by our health partners with Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health, begins Friday at 6pm and continues for 28 days. People 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, and picking up food. This advisory supplements the previous orders and curfew announced by Governor DeWine earlier this week.
Do not gather for the holidays with friends and family not in your immediate household. Wear a mask, wash your hands, stay physically distant. We must all do the right thing. Read the advisory here.
November 18 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
November 17 - Governor Announces Statewide Curfew
Today, November 17, Governor Mike DeWine announced a statewide curfew will go into effect beginning Thursday, November 19th for 21 days. During the 3-week curfew, people are being asked to stay home between the hours of 10pm and 5am, with exceptions that include work or essential shopping.
ReBoot Grant Funding Still Available
Limited funds remain available for the third round of ReBOOT Grant funding from the City of Worthington to assist small businesses and non-profit organizations in Worthington. The goal is to retain jobs, spur economic activity and offset revenue losses attributed to COVID-19. The funds are made available through federal coronavirus relief CARES Act funding. Grant funds are going quickly so applicants should apply soon to be included. Find details and download the application here.
November 13 - Worthington COVID-19 Cases
Due to rising case numbers and other indicators, Franklin County is now on the "watch list" in the state's public health advisory system. If the situation does not improve, Franklin County could go from level 3 (red) to the highest level, 4 (purple) with severe exposure and spread. 68 Ohio counties are at level red.
Record Cases bring New State Orders
In an effort to get the spread under control, Governor Mike DeWine announced new orders this week. One strengthens the state mask order with three new provisions that require mask signage at all public entrances, make businesses responsible for ensuring all customers and employees wear masks, and creates a new Retail Compliance Unit to inspect businesses for compliance. See the complete order here. In addition, new social gathering orders no longer permit open congregate areas at events such as weddings and funerals and require everyone to be seated and masked unless they are consuming food or drinks. As of now, bars, restaurants and fitness centers remain open, but are being reassessed next week for potential closure.
With the holidays approaching, we all must do our part to keep our family and friends safe. We know any gathering with people who don’t live in your own home could put the health and lives of our most treasured loved ones and friends at risk. We must be creative, smart and safe about how we celebrate the holidays. Worthington's holiday traditions are being reimagined, and we encourage you to reimagine your family traditions, too.
- Read more from the City in This Week News(note: the Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting referenced in this column have been cancelled due to the extreme spread of COVID-19 and Stay-at-Home advisory.)
- Thanksgiving ideas and advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Holiday Celebration Tips from the Ohio Department of Health
ReBoot Grant Applications open Monday, November 16
Applications will be accepted starting Monday, November 16 for the third round of ReBOOT Grant funding from the City of Worthington to assist small businesses and non-profit organizations in Worthington. The goal is to retain jobs, spur economic activity and offset revenue losses attributed to COVID-19. The funds are made available through federal coronavirus relief CARES Act funding. Grant funds are expected to go quickly so applicants should review the information and complete the form in advance. No submissions should be emailed prior to 8am on Monday, November 16. Any submissions received prior to this date and time will not be considered. Find details and download the application here.
November 6 - COVID-19 Case Records Continue
- Stay home if you are sick
- Always wear a mask when you are in public, or around people who are not in your immediate household.
- Keep at least six feet distance between other people not in your household.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or your inner elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
Small Business Assistance Grants
Worthington City Council recently approved another round of grant funding for small businesses in Worthington, as part of the Worthington ReBOOT program. This program provides grants to eligible business owners for COVID-19 related business and operational expenses. The funds were made available through federal coronavirus relief CARES Act funding. More information will be released soon about the application process. Another program is being developed to assist non-profit community organizations.
Worthington Farmers Market Moves Indoors
For the first time since March, the Worthington Farmers Market will take place indoors at The Shops at Worthington Place. The Farmers Market moved outdoors at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis and has been operating in a few different outdoor locations ever since. The Farmers Market is expected indoors starting November 7 through April 2021. The market is being configured in a new way due to COVID-19 safety protocols. Follow the link to learn what you need to know before you go.
Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Event Update
(This event has been cancelled due to the Stay-at-Home Advisory and severe COVID-19 risk)
Old Worthington will host its annual Holiday Open House with social distance modifications on Sunday, November 29 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Bring the family to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, and a photo opportunity with Santa. Local retailers will be offering special promotions and sidewalk sales and the storefront windows will be decorated for the It's a Wonderful Window Contest.
The Tree Illumination will take place on the southeast Village Green between 6pm and 8pm. The new evergreen tree will be lit and holiday music will play every half-hour for 15-minute increments at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00 pm. Families will have a chance to enjoy the tree lighting and take pictures without a large crowd present at any one time. There is no official program scheduled. Please be sure to wear your mask and keep at least 6-feet distance between other people who are not in your immediate household when enjoying the holiday events
The Illuminated Shopping event is also scheduled on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.