Emergency Preparedness

For up to date information on the coronavirus in Ohio visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

Daily press conferences are held with updates on the Covid-19 pandemic with Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, and Dr. Acton scheduled for 2:00 PM.  You can watch them on the Ohio Channel, Ohio Public TV (PBS stations), and other Columbus-based outlets.  

CDC: How to make your own mask.


Posted 6-24-20

$6.8 Million Rent Relief Program to Support Those Affected by COVID-19

by Miranda Kortan, Communications Specialist, Cuyahoga County Department of Communications  

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the financial health of the residents of Cuyahoga County tremendously. 

The unemployment rate as of April 2020 was at 23.5 percent, an increase of 18.4 percent since February. Over 21 percent of Ohio residents are currently unable to make their monthly house payment, according to a U.S. Census Bureau scientific survey. With short-term eviction freezes expiring soon, a new plan was needed to prevent people from losing their homes.

To help combat this, a resolution awarding $6.8 million for the creation of the Cuyahoga County Rent Relief Fund has been submitted to County Council by County Executive Armond Budish. This Relief Fund, which is being administered by CHN Housing Partners, will provide countywide emergency rental assistance for up to three months to income-eligible tenants unable to pay their full monthly rent due to the economic impact from COVID-19. 

The checks will be made to their landlords, which will not only keep people in their homes but should also stem the economic disaster that will hurt building owners-landlords.

Households who are at 120 percent of median income, for example, a family of four with an annual income of around $90,000, are eligible. 

The County worked in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Cities of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, Lakewood and Parma to direct federal funds to this uniform countywide system for emergency rental assistance to help prevent homelessness.

CHN Housing Partners will be ready for applications on July 1. But anyone who needs assistance now should call 2-1-1.

For assistance call 833-377-RENT (7368) or neorenthelp.org.

Posted 5-21-20

Urgent Health Advisory - Ohioans Protecting Ohioans

Stay Safe - Partial Recission of Orders



COVID-19 Update 5/18/2020 - Bay Village Recreation Department


2020  Bay Days has been cancelled

After a great deal of review and discussion with the Bay Village Kiwanis and healthcare professionals, we have made the decision to cancel Bay Days and the Fourth of July fireworks display for this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a very difficult decision. We know that the tradition of Bay Days is special not only for the young, but for parents, grandparents and friends.  This is one of many difficult decisions we are all having to make as we work together to end the spread of the virus.  We look forward to next year when our traditions can return to Cahoon Park. 


5-8-20 Small Business Stabilization Fund

Small Business Stabilization Fund

5-7-20 Governor DeWine's Press Conference

Covid-19 Update: Reopening of Restaurants, Bars and Personal Care Services

The following are sector specific operating requirements for businesses to open as part of Responsible RestartOhio.

4-30-20  Press Conference

Director Acton's Stay Safe Ohio Order

4-28-20 Press Conference

Re-opening Ohio 5-1-20










Click here for Responsible Restart Ohio - Manufacturing, Distribution & Construction info

Click here for Continued Closures info

4-22-20 Press Conference

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) announced a new resource for people who are struggling with stress and need emotional support during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Individuals can call the COVID CareLine toll-free at 1-800-720-9616 to speak confidentially with a trained professional. Lines are open24 hours a day, seven days a week. After 8:00 PM, the calls will be forwarded to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Attached are the following documents: data transparency and patient privacy checklist, FAQ's for homeowners, and an updated checklist for businesses and employers.

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 877-644-6562or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM, Saturday 9AM to 5PM, and Sunday 9AM to 1PM. Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov .

As always, Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH are great resources for those who have questions.


Posted 4-17-20

County Executive Armond Budish Announces Creation of Small Business Stabilization Fund  Totaling Over $4 Million to Support Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

Local Partners Come Together to Support Small, Neighborhood-Based Businesses in the First Small Business Coalition of Funders and Partners in the County

County Executive Armond Budish has committed $500,000 to the creation of a Small Business Stabilization Fund to support small, neighborhood-based businesses throughout Cuyahoga County during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Stabilization Fund complements Cuyahoga County's Small Business Resource Center website, www.cuyahogacounty.us/helpforbusiness, and its call center, which has received more than 375 calls from business owners. 

This is the first-ever small business coalition of funders and partners in the county.

A coalition of local partners have come together to help make this plan a reality, including the KeyBank Business Boost and Build program powered by JumpStart, the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), the National Development Council, Village Capital Corporation, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership/Business Growth Collaborative. The total commitment between both grants and loans for the Stabilization Fund is over $4 million. Grant funds available total $500,000, and loan funds committed to date total more than $3.5 million. The fund is to be "administered" by ECDI in partnership with Cuyahoga County.

Click here to view Press Release from County Executive Armond Budish.



Posted 4-8-20

Updates from from the Ohio Department of Health

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. Covid-19 Checklist for Cloth Face Coverings (Masks). 

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced a state-formed database for individuals looking for work during the coronavirus crisis. Please click on the link for information about available jobs and companies that are currently hiring.   


The Safety Health and Consumer Council recently released this Guide to Keeping Your House Disinfected to cover both the flu and the coronavirus, including disinfecting frequently touched objects and deep cleaning.

This guide can provide residents with a practical guide on what to do after returning from the grocery store, receiving packages and many other situations arising during this time.


Posted 4-6-20

Information from the Ohio Department of Health

Covid-19 Guidance on Dispute Resolution for Essential & Non-Essential Business

Covid-19 Guidance on Ohio Travel

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. Click here for more info.

A reminder to Bay Village residents that all city playgrounds in Bradley and Reese Parks, Play in Bay, and the Bike and Skate Park are currently closed, as are the tennis courts and basketball courts. Additionally, the playgrounds at Bay Village Schools - Westerly, Normandy and Glenview are closed as well. 



Posted 4-2-20

During Governor DeWine's news conference on 4/2/20, Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health signed a new order extending the "Stay at Home" order through Friday, May 1st.  

In Governor DeWine's recent press conference, Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, referenced the Harvard Business Review Study which looks at two regions in Italy; their responses to the coronavirus; and their resulting differences in outcomes.  If you're interested, here is a link to the study:


SBA Loans and Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses FAQ's

Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act

Small Business Resource Center

Public Park Usage - Please take time to watch this safety video featuring Brian Zimmerman, CEO of the Cleveland MetroParks regarding safe park usage during this challenging time. https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/special-pages/cleveland-metroparks-covid-19-updates-closures-and. This applies to all parks, including those in Bay Village - our desire is to keep the parks open for everyone to enjoy, but social distancing guidance must be followed.


Ohio Tax Commission - Filing Deadline Extended 

Late Friday (3/27/20) the Ohio Tax Commissioner extended the due date for filing and payment of state income tax, which in turn has extended municipal income tax filings and payments.   

Municipal income returns and payments for tax year 2019 with a due date of April 15, 2020 have been extended to July 15, 2020.  Estimated payments for the first and second quarters of tax year 2020 have also been extended to July 15, 2020.

If you have any questions please contact the RITA Member Services Department at memberservices@ritaohio.com 


Covid-19 Checklist for Families and Individuals & Stay at Home & FAQ's

Attorney General Yost Warns of an Outbreak of Scams Related to Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update for Bay Village as of 3-27-20

Ohio Public Policy Legislative Update

The Ohio Senate and House both unanimously passed emergency legislation to begin to address a myriad of issues created by the outbreak of COVID-19.  House Bill 197, which originally was a tax correction measure, served as the vehicle for a large omnibus amendment.  Governor Mike DeWine signed the emergency measure today.  Several of the provisions of the bill are temporary and are to be effective only during the emergency period established by Executive Order 2020-01D but not later than December 1, 2020. Below are some of the highlights of the legislation.

Tax Modifications

  • Aligns the state tax filing deadline to the delayed federal deadline of July 15th. 
  • Extends date for estimated payments.
  • Waives interest payments.
  • Waives the "20-day rule" under municipal income tax for employees working from home for the duration of the health emergency plus 30 days.    


  • Waives state testing and report cards for this academic year.
  • Freezes EdChoice eligibility at 2019-2020 levels.
  • Lifts the cap on granting credit for distance learning.
  • Permits high school seniors to graduate who were on track prior to COVID-19.

Health Care and Medicaid

  • Temporarily provides recent nursing graduates certificates to practice.
  • Permanently changes the scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists.
  • Authorizes the Medicaid Director to classify certain Medicaid providers as COVID-19 community providers, requests the Director of Budget and Management to designate additional funds related to the COVID-19 outbreak for Medicaid payments to COVID-19 community providers, makes payments to COVID-19 community providers, and facilitates payments to COVID-19 community providers by transferring funds to the Departments of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health.

Public Entities

  • Members of a public body may conduct and attend hearings by means of teleconference, video conference, or any other similar electronic technology  
  • Prohibits public water service disconnections.


3-25-20 Update

You can find more local, state and federal resources and information for individuals, businesses and organizations at


A reminder to Bay Village residents that all city playgrounds in Bradley and Reese Parks, Play in Bay, and the Bike and Skate Park are currently closed, as are the tennis courts and basketball courts. Additionally, the playgrounds at Bay Village Schools - Westerly, Normandy and Glenview are closed as well.  


3-24-20 Update

A Stay at Home order was issued by the Director of the Ohio Department of Health on Sunday March 22nd. This order takes effect at midnight on March 23rd through April 6, 2020. This order was made to prevent the spread of contagious COVID-19 in the state of Ohio. A link to the order - and Stay-at-Home FAQs are included for your reference.

Exercise such as walking, hiking, running or biking in public parks and outdoor recreation areas is permitted if complying with Social Distancing Requirements (maintaining 6 feet between individuals). However, public playgrounds may spread the virus and are closed under this order.   Accordingly the following areas are closed. Playgrounds in Reese and Bradley Road Parks, Play in Bay and the bike and skate park in Cahoon Park. Bay Village school playgrounds at Normandy, Westerly and Glenview are also closed.

We appreciate your compliance with this order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While these are unsettling times, the outreach and compassion exhibited by so many of you is a reminder that we have always been a community that truly cares about one another. Continued support of friends and neighbors remains important. Residents needing assistance may contact the Community Services Department at 899-3442. Our community and support will help us successfully move through this period.

Current and accurate information is provided by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and can be found at https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home. Residents can watch daily updates from Governor DeWine at https://ohiochannel.org/ . City updates are posted on our website at  https://www.cityofbayvillage.com

Due to the State of Ohio's Stay-at-home Executive Order, Effective Immediately, please be advised that Simple Recycling collection operations in the Cleveland market are temporarily suspended.  This will remain in effect until further notice. Regular trash/recycling continues as scheduled.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at pkoomar@cityofbayvillage.com or 440-899-3415. Lastly, we have been advised by the Ohio Attorney General to be aware of Scams related to the coronavirus.


3-17-2020 - All city operations are functioning and we continue to provide our residents with essential Police, Fire and EMS services. All departments remain open for your questions by phone or email. 

Effective March 18th, the Building Department will be open to the public from 9 am-12 pm. Monday - Friday.  Rental and interior inspections will be available on a limited basis.  Exterior inspections will continue as scheduled.
These temporary practices have been put in place to help us get through the pandemic coronavirus outbreak and we hope to return to normal operations as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time

Community Plan to Help At-Risk Residents
During these difficult times it's important to watch out for your neighbors, especially those at risk. Many people have reached out asking how they can assist neighbors in need, which is a reminder of the wonderful community we live in. This outreach must be coordinated to ensure that those in need are connected with those who can help. In short, that all people in need are served.
For those residents who have reached out to their neighbors, we thank you. Your caring and compassion are greatly appreciated.
The Community Services Department and area churches have been in contact with many at-risk individuals to make sure their short term needs are met, and are making plans to help in the event assistance is needed for a longer period of time. Many people will need to remain at home for their safety and may require assistance with groceries, prescriptions, and socialization. Our goal is to connect them by partnering with the Community Services Department, local churches and community volunteers as needed.
Please note, this outreach will be subject to directives from state and federal health authorities which may change at any time. The health and safety of all involved is a primary consideration.
For those residents in need:

    If you are associated with a church in Bay Village, we are asking you to contact them for assistance.

    If you are not associated with a church, contact the Community Services Department for assistance at 440-899-3442.

For those who have expressed interest in volunteering:

    If you are associated with a church, please contact them. Individual congregations are identifying at-risk members, organizing appropriate duties for volunteers, and coordinating with the Community Services Department.

    If you are not associated with a church, please contact the Community Services Department at 440-899-3442. Community Services will be the central coordinator for volunteers and organize appropriate duties.

Community Services and the churches will communicate on an ongoing basis. If the need for any one entity becomes too great, volunteers will be allocated to the area of greatest need.
The Bay Village Food Pantry is accepting donations of unexpired, non-perishable items. Please bring items to Bay Presbyterian Church, 25415 Lake Rd. Inside of the main entrance is a grocery cart where you can leave your donations. The Church is open until 8 pm.
Ongoing use of city communications will urge neighbors to help their elderly neighbors, and for those who need help to call Community Services.
Stay in Bay - Support our local restaurants and retail establishments.
As you know, the Ohio Department of Health banned in-house dining. As of today all Bay restaurants are open for carry-out services and many retail establishments are still open. In the spirit of our "Stay in Bay" initiative please continue to support these locally owned businesses.

Posted March 13, 2020 - Governor Mike DeWine and the Director of the Ohio Department of Health, Amy Acton M.D., MPH, announced yesterday a three-week "spring break" for all Ohio schools to control the coronavirus. The spring break is effective at the end of the school day on March 16th. The city has been following guidance and recommendations from federal, state and county health officials. Cases continue to be identified throughout the State of Ohio increasing the Governor's concern for public health and the spread of COVID-19. The Governor and Dr. Acton believe that the number of cases will continue to grow. Limiting contact with others along with proper hand washing hygiene is essential to controlling the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Prevention Tips - https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus/resources/Prevention-Infographic
Director's order to limit and/or prohibit mass gatherings in the state of Ohio - https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/news-releases-news-you-can-use/ohio-bans-mass-gatherings-of-100-or-more
Effective Saturday, March 14th the following changes will be implemented for Bay Village public buildings and city services.
Dwyer Senior Center
All activities, classes, and transportation services will be suspended and the building will be closed to the public. The Meals on Wheels program will continue at this time. Recipients are asked to place a cooler with an ice pack outside their door for the meals. Residents needing assistance with social services or questions may contact the Dwyer Center at 440-899-3442. 
Recreation Department
All recreation programming and classes will be suspended, and the Community Gym and recreation offices will be closed to the public. Please contact the Recreation Department with questions on rescheduling classes/refunds at 440-871-6755.
Police Department
All non-essential meetings have been cancelled. All public activities in the police station community room have been suspended.
Fire Department
All non-essential meetings have been cancelled. Public tours of the fire station have been cancelled.
City Hall / Building Department
All non-essential meetings have been cancelled. Public access to City Hall is primarily for Building Department related matters. The Building Department has postponed rental inspections and any interior inspections will be on a limited basis.  Exterior inspections will continue as scheduled.  Building department counter hours will continue on a reduced schedule between 9:00am-12:00pm.

Meetings of City Council, Boards and Commissions, when scheduled, will be open to the public. For additional information, please contact the mayor's office at 440-899-3416 or front desk operations at 440-871-2200.
Service Department
All non-essential meetings have been cancelled. The building and grounds will be closed to the public. The sale of mulch and wood chips will be suspended and the household hazardous waste collection scheduled for March 27th   has been cancelled. Residents needing assistance may contact the Service Department at 440-871-1221.
Facility rentals- Bay Lodge
Upcoming facility rentals have been suspended. Groups will be contacted to reschedule. Please contact Finance Director Renee Mahoney at 440-899-3432 or  rmahoney@cityofbayvillage.com with questions.
Changes to city services and buildings will be in effect through Sunday April 12th. The city will continue to follow guidance from the Governor, local, state, and federal health officials and reevaluate the above closures and suspension of services based on information received from these authorities.

We appreciate your patience and understanding on the suspension of services. We realize that these changes will create hardships for many of you, but the public health of our community outweighs these inconveniences.

Information continues to evolve on COVID-19. It is important to get information from credible sources. Below are state, county, and federal agencies that provide current and accurate information.
Ohio Department of Health - https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home

Cuyahoga County Board of Health - https://www.ccbh.net/
CDC (Centers for Disease Control) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


In an effort to encourage our residents to be prepared for severe weather, lasting power outages, fire and other disasters, we encourage you to review the Emergency Information Manual prepared by the Bay Village Fire Department.

The additional web sites listed below offer valuable information on preparing for emergencies and obtaining assistance following a disaster.



During severe weather and other events that cause power outages, road closings and interruption of city services, the City will do its best to keep our residents updated by a number of means. The city web site has an Emergency Alert pop-up feature. When logging onto the web site an alert message will be live on the site when needed. Site visitors will have the ability to close the message upon entering the site, however, it will reappear each time a new user session is started.

Sign up for Ready Notify. It's free to county residents and provide users with immediate information regarding emergency events and other important information, including Cuyahoga County Government News, Cuyahoga County Building Closures, Water Boil Alerts, and Safety Messages.  Registered users will be able to receive information via landline telephones, cell phones, text messages, e-mail and fax. Click here to register. The Nixle system is no longer in use.  All residents are stongly encouraged to sign up for Ready Notify.

The Mayor's e-newsletter is just one more way to stay connected. These emails will contain emergency information as well as city updates and Bay Village civic organization's events. Click here to sign up for the Mayor's e-newsletter.


 Emergency Preparedness - Important information from FEMA

An emergency or disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment's notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. This means having your own foodwater and other  supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. 

Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. Include items that you may use every day to live independently such as prescription medicines, diabetic supplies, food for special diets, hearing aids and batteries, durable medical equipment and other assistive technology devices, and consumable medical supplies.

No idea where or how to start building your kit? Don't worry. We have you covered. Download our recommended list of supplies to get you started!

Check out the Family Emergency Plan and Evacuation Plan.



 CERT logo

Bay Village belongs to the Westshore Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a group of trained citizens from Bay Village, Rocky River, Lakewood, Fairview Park, North Olmsted and Westlake who educate and prepare participants for hazards that may impact them in the event of community emergencies or disasters.

CERT members receive training in basic emergency response skills, including first aid, fire suppression and safety, light search and rescue and shelter services. They also obtain a better understanding of the hazards facing their homes and workplaces and can take steps to lessen the effects of such hazards.

CERT's SAFETYnet Program is for anyone who might require extra assistance in an  emergency or disaster whether due to a disability or lack of a support system. If disaster  strikes, CERT members may be activated to contact SAFETYnet-registered residents to check on their welfare and help meet their emergency needs. To register for the SAFETYnet Program fill out the form available at the Senior Center or click here for the registration form and authorization form. Submit the completed forms to the Community Services office, or email the completed registration form and authorization form to juliemorron@gmail.com

To read more about the benefits of joining CERT, click here.


Red Cross logo

The American Red Cross Safe and Well Website is a way for people affected by a disaster to enter information regarding their welfare so family and friends can check their status.

The Red Cross web site is a resource for valuable information.


 Ready.gov logo2

Ready.gov is the federal government's web site which is designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

Ready.gov offers explanations of how different types of events can affect you, as well as tips on preparing emergency management kits, educating children on the perils of emergencies, filling out family communications plans, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place and readying your small business for disasters.

Every Bay Village resident is encouraged to visit Ready.gov now to prepare for emergencies that may arise in the future.


FEMA and the Ad Council Unveil New Ready Kids PSAs to Encourage Parents to Involve their Kids When Preparing for Emergencies.

Click here for FEMA new Public Service Announcements.



________________________________________________________________Disaster Assistance logo

DisasterAssistance.gov offers access to disaster help and resources.


 CDC Extreme Cold 2018

 Click here for the CDC's Extreme Cold Guide.