This week, the Ohio Department of Health amended its remaining health order to conform to the new CDC guidance regarding COVID-19. Governor DeWine has also announced that the remaining health orders will expire on June 2, 2021 with the exception of some orders for safety in congregate living, public transportation, and health settings.
The CDC guidance allows those who are fully vaccinated to stop wearing face masks. Those who are not vaccinated are advised to continue to wear a face mask and socially distance from others.
The CDC recommendations make clear that businesses will be able to choose for themselves whether they continue to require masks in their premises. Businesses may also leave it to customers and employees to choose to wear a mask or not.
Ohio’s order continues to require masking in congregate settings, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and in settings with large numbers of unvaccinated individuals, such as schools and daycare centers.
The City of Piqua will update policies for city facilities to reflect the CDC guidance and the ODH orders as follows:
- Beginning May 19, 2021, citizens will be able to reserve the Fountain Park Dining Hall and the Mote Park Community Center for rental activities beginning July 5, 2021 and beyond. Call the Piqua Parks Department at 937-778-2085 to inquire about reservations.
- Beginning June 2, 2021, after all health orders are rescinded, city buildings will be open to the public with the recommendation that all unvaccinated individuals wear face masks and socially distance themselves from others.
- Beginning June 2, 2021, after all health orders are rescinded, city held public meetings, such as the city commission meetings, will be open to the public at full capacity. Unvaccinated individuals are cautioned regarding attending large gatherings where social distancing may not be possible and are encouraged to wear a mask.
The incidence of COVID-19 in Piqua has been steadily declining over the last several weeks.
Piqua Health & Sanitation Director Amy Welker stated, “We are encouraging all citizens to get the COVID-19 vaccination to protect themselves and others. At this time, with the guidance from the CDC, it does make sense to loosen the restrictions. People need to be able to get back to normal activities, particularly those who are protected because they are vaccinated.”
Vaccinations are readily available in the community at local pharmacies, hospitals, and the Miami County Health Department.