May 28 - Facility Updates
Masks - People who are not vaccinated are asked to wear a facial covering unless actively exercising.
Community Center Fitness Floor - The fitness equipment in the North Gym will return to the Fitness Floor. We encourage everyone to maintain a physical distance from those not in their household and not use adjacent equipment. There will be some equipment available in the Kid’s Corner that will maintain appropriate spacing. As a reminder, no bags, coats or other bulky personal items permitted on the fitness floor. Please store personal belongings in a day locker, cubbie, or wallet-sized day lockers. The locker rooms will now be open, but locks are no longer available to borrow.
Community Center Aquatics Facility - Reservations are still required in every area of the aquatics facility except the hot tub, which is open at a limited capacity. Families arriving for Family Swim Times should enter through the Fishbowl, and all other users may now enter and exit through the locker rooms or family changing area. To continue to control access and monitor who is in the building the playground doors and the pool patio will remain locked at this time. Reserve a time slot and learn more.
Hot Tub - There is currently a maximum of 6 individuals permitted in the hot tub. Please look for the yellow arrows for available spaces. The hot tub is for those 16 years old and up.
Locker Rooms - Locker rooms are available. Please bring your own lock, and remain mindful of social distancing in the locker rooms and throughout the facility.
- Tuesday through Thursday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Parks and Recreation Facility Rentals - Learn more here
May 28 - Ohio Department of Health drops Color Coded Public Advisory System
On May 27, 2021, the Ohio Department of Health announced the cancellation, effective immediately, of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. The statewide alert system launched in July 2020 to assess the degree of COVID-19 spread by county and provide data to help guide individuals, businesses, schools, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions during the pandemic. As cases decline and vaccinations increase, this data is no longer the best measure of Ohio’s current status. The Ohio Department of Health will continue to share COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, current trends, key metrics, and vaccination data daily at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
May 20 - Health Commissioner Advice to Navigate Changes in Mask Requirements
As we continue to adjust to the new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing for fully vaccinated people, Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts emphasizes that the pandemic is not over. Columbus Public Health serves as the health agency for the City of Worthington. To reduce confusion and align with current CDC guidance and State of Ohio orders, the Worthington City Council repealed its mask ordinance effective May 20, 2021.
“Franklin County remains at a red alert level, and disease activity remains high in our community,” Dr. Roberts said. “Currently, only 40% of Franklin County residents are fully vaccinated.” Dr. Roberts advises residents who are not vaccinated to get the vaccine as soon as possible and to continue to wear a mask especially when indoors. Those with a medical reason that prevents them from getting the vaccine, should work with their healthcare providers to determine when they can get vaccinated.
Dr. Roberts recommends those who are fully vaccinated to consider their personal situation and the risk to family, friends and community before completely abandoning their masks. With relatively high COVID activity in Columbus, fully vaccinated individuals should continue to wear a mask as appropriate in crowds. Everyone – vaccinated or not – also should continue to wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.
May 18 - Worthington Repeals Mask Ordinance to Conform with State Orders and CDC Guidance
To reduce confusion, Worthington City Council voted to repeal its mask ordinance to conform with new State of Ohio Orders and CDC guidance. The legislation was passed by emergency, so the 21-day wait period is waived and there is no public hearing, making the ordinance effective immediately upon publication on Thursday, May 20, 2021. See the ordinance here. Worthington's health agency, Columbus Public Health, supports the City's decision to terminate its face-covering requirements to be consistent with the State of Ohio and the CDC.
Last week the CDC announced new guidance that people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear face coverings or remain physically distant in most settings. Governor Mike DeWine issued a revised order that eliminates the state mask mandate for fully vaccinated people and conforms to CDC guidance. With the repeal of Worthington's ordinance, people are required to follow State orders, which will remain in effect until June 2 when Governor DeWine indicated all orders will be lifted. State orders require people who are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Ohio's order also reflects the CDC's recommendation that everyone wear masks when in a healthcare setting, when traveling on public transportation (including airplanes), and when at a business or employer that chooses to require masks.
- If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.
- If you haven’t been vaccinated, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others. Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially around people who don’t live with you. Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Being in crowds makes you more likely to get or spread COVID-19, so avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces. And wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
May 18 - Vax-a-Million Drawing
In an effort to increase vaccinations in Ohio, the State will be awarding $1-million each to five people 18 years and over, and full four-year state university scholarships to five people age 12-17 who have been vaccinated. You must opt-in to the program to be eligible. Register at OhioVaxaMillion.com or by calling the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH. Read the announcement here
May 18 - Coronavirus Survey - Part 2 Results
In fall 2020, the City of Worthington Community Coronavirus Task Force conducted a survey to understand how our community has been impacted by the coronavirus crisis. A year into the ongoing pandemic, we checked in once more to learn how community members are managing. Respondents were asked to take the survey once again to provide an update on how the situation may have changed for them since the start of the new year.
May 14 - Centers for Disease Control Offers Revised Guidance for Fully Vaccinated
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced it has revised guidance for fully vaccinated people. The CDC says that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or remain physically distant in any setting, with some exceptions.
The CDC says fully vaccinated people can:
- Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
- Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
- Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
- Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
- Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
- Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible
For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations
The CDC says people who are not fully vaccinated should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Until they are fully vaccinated, or if they are unable to be vaccinated, they should continue to wear face coverings and remain physically distant.
Learn more about vaccine locations, hours and availability through these health partner links:
May 14 - Governor Announces Health Orders will be Lifted June 2
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced plans to lift all State health orders as of June 2, 2021. He cited a recent decline in case numbers and hospitalizations and an increase in the number of people who are getting vaccinated. He said he will conform his revised health order to comply with CDC guidance through June 2.
The City of Worthington is consulting with our health agency, Columbus Public Health, and will make a decision on our existing mask ordinance based on current health orders and public health guidance. The topic is expected to be discussed at an upcoming City Council meeting.
May 6 - Worthington Memorial Day Parade Reimagined for 2021
While the American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post 239 and the City of Worthington had hoped the 2021 Memorial Day Parade would be back in its traditional form in 2021, the health and safety of parade spectators and participants is of the utmost importance. That is why the Worthington Memorial Day Parade is being reimagined in a smaller format for 2021.
Organizers consulted with Worthington’s public health agency, Columbus Public Health, and carefully reviewed State of Ohio COVID-19 orders and safety protocols, before making the difficult decision to revise plans for the 101st Memorial Day Parade. Due to current COVID-19 conditions and challenges enforcing health orders for physical distancing and contact tracing, holding the traditional parade would put the community at risk.
Franklin County at Red Level
Franklin County is now at level 3, or red, on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System meaning there is a very high risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. Health experts remind us to continue following safety protocols and get the vaccine as soon as possible.
Vaccines are now available with or without an appointment. Learn more about vaccine locations, hours and availability through these health partner links: