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Coronavirus/COVID-19


State of Ohio Coronavirus/COVID-19 web page: coronavirus.ohio.gov

CDC web page: coronavirus.gov

Click here to view Governor DeWine’s daily press conferences.

Lakewood Businesses: click here for information about resources for businesses affected by Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Click here for a listing of COVID-19 updates/closures by department.


Update March 27, 2020 4:00 PM

This morning, the City of Lakewood learned from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health that cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our community. Mayor George said, “We knew this news would come some day and we are prepared to continue serving Lakewood residents through this time.”

Please help us mitigate the spread by following the Governor’s order to stay home when possible, practice social distancing, wash your hands thoroughly, and avoid contact with people who are sick.  Click here to view the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s presentation that includes the map of COVID-19 cases by zip code.

Here is a listing of the most recent updates:

  • The Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives have unanimously passed Amended Substitute HB 197, the Tax Code Streamlining and Correction Act. This existing tax bill was amended to address many subjects brought on by the COVID-19 emergency. Governor Dewine signed the bill this afternoon. Click here for a summary of the changes to the bill related to COVID-19.
  • The U.S. Congress has passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill to provide relief to the economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The president is expected to sign it this afternoon.  Key elements of the proposal are $250 billion set aside for direct payments to individuals and families, $350 billion in small business loans, $250 billion in unemployment insurance benefits and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.
  • Mayor George convened her first Business Task Force meeting to listen to the concerns of local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Residents are reminded that the Lakewood Police will be monitoring and enforcing as needed the stay-at-home order that is in place until April 6th. Everyone should be practicing social distancing and groups of ten or more people congregating are not permitted. .  Click here read the full stay-at home order which explains the parameters of the order and lists all of the businesses and organizations that are permitted to stay open.

Cuyahoga County has established a Coronavirus hotline.  Individuals can call 1-855-711-3035 with questions about the Coronavirus.  This hotline is in addition to the Ohio Department of Health’s call center (216) 1-833-427-5634 and MetroHealth’s help line (440)-592-6843.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control: https://coronavirus.gov
Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov
Cuyahoga County Board of Health: https://www.ccbh.net/coronavirus/

Update March 27, 2020 12:00 PM

Update March 26, 2020 10:00 AM

Click the video below to view Mayor George’s video message to the community regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update March 25, 2020 3:00 PM

Refuse & Recycling Changes Due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  the City of Lakewood is making the following changes to it’s refuse and recycling collections.

  • The Refuse and Recycling Drop Off Center located at 12920 Berea Road will amend the hours of operation to Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for residents of Lakewood to drop off household and bulk garbage, yard waste, and recyclables.
  • The Drop Off Center will suspend Saturday hours through the Stay at Home initial end date of April 6th. At that time, the City will reassess these changes.
  • A satellite station will be available starting on Monday March 30th at the skate park at Lakewood Park (14532 Lake Avenue ). There will be separate trucks for household and bulk garbage, yard waste, and recyclables. This station will also maintain the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday through April 6th.
  • The City is asking residents to help the Refuse and Recycling Department safely maintain collection services during the Stay at Home order. If you live on the side of the street with parking, please consider placing your garbage and recycling toters in your driveway apron.  
  • Residents are asked to fit as much material as possible in their respective toters.  Please break down cardboard and bag all garbage.

Update March 23, 2020 5:00 PM

The Ohio Department of Health has issued a Stay at Home order which becomes effective at 11:59 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020.  Click here read the full order which explains the parameters of the order and lists all of the businesses and organizations that are permitted to stay open.  Click here to read the Ohio Department of Health’s FAQs regarding the Stay at Home order.

Here is a listing of the most recent updates:

  • In the interest of public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lakewood Municipal Court is modifying its operations effective Monday, March 23, 2020. The court will only be open between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon through April 17, 2020 for any personal appearances.
  • Per the Stay at Home order, all playgrounds are now closed. The City is working on putting up signage at each of the city playgrounds.  City parks will remain open.
  • After a review of policies and procedures by Lakewood Police Department, it was decided that the volume of traffic supports suspending rush hour enforcement. This will be in alignment with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order which ends on 4/6. Polices will be reviewed again at that time.
  • The City has established the Small Business Rent Relief fund in order to support the vibrancy of Lakewood’s commercial corridors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit http://www.onelakewood.com/covid19businessresources/ for more information.
  • City hall is closed to the public unless you have an appointment with a city department. The operations of Lakewood Municipal Court will continue to operate on a limited basis within City Hall.   Those with business before the Court will be permitted to enter as usual.  All other visitors must have an appointment.
  • While City Hall is unavailable for in-person transactions, all departments and divisions are working and can be reached by their normal telephone numbers and email addresses. For a list of city department contact information, visit http://www.onelakewood.com/directory/.  While we do have staff working from home, phone calls and emails are being answered and voicemail messages are being returned.

Cuyahoga County has established a Coronavirus hotline.  Individuals can call 1-855-711-3035 with questions about the Coronavirus.  This hotline is in addition to the Ohio Department of Health’s call center (216) 1-833-427-5634 and MetroHealth’s help line (440)-592-6843.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control: https://coronavirus.gov
Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov
Cuyahoga County Board of Health: https://www.ccbh.net/coronavirus/

Update March 22, 2020 7:00 PM

Ohio Department of Health Issues Stay At Home Order

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued a Stay At Home order effective at 11:59 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Click here read the full order which explains the parameters of the order and lists all of the businesses and organizations that are permitted to stay open.

Click here to read the Ohio Department of Health’s FAQs regarding the Stay at Home order.

 

Update March 20, 2020 5:00 PM

Pursuant to the direction of state and federal officials in response to COVID-19, on March 18th, Mayor George closed Lakewood City Hall to the public until further notice unless you have an appointment with a city department.    The operations of Lakewood Municipal Court will continue to operate on a limited basis within City Hall.   Those with business before the Court will be permitted to enter as usual.  All other visitors must have an appointment.

While City Hall is unavailable for in-person transactions, all departments and divisions are working and can be reached by their normal telephone numbers and email addresses.  Click here for a list of city department contact information.  While we do have staff working from home, phone calls and emails are being answered and voicemail messages are being returned.

If you are scheduled to appear in the Lakewood Court in the near future, contact your attorney for further instructions.  If you do not have an attorney, you may submit a written request for a continuance by fax, (216-529-7687), email (lakewoodcourt@Lakewoodoh.net), regular mail, or by personal delivery to the court. Payments can be made on-line through the court website.

Here is a listing of the most recent updates:

  • The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has issued a moratorium on electric & gas disconnects for non-payment through May 1st. Late last week, the City announced that there would be no water shut-offs for non-payment during this crisis.
  • The IRS tax filing deadline has been extended until July 15, 2020. The Lakewood Tax Office will also extend their deadline to July 15, 2020 but encourages people to get their returns in early, if possible.
  • The Division of Refuse & Recycling Drop-Off Facility will be closed on Saturday, March 21, 2020. It will reopen on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 7:00 AM.
  • Governor DeWine ordered all senior centers and senior citizen day care centers to close at the end of business on Monday, March 23rd. Lakewood’s Lawther Senior Center and the congregate meal site at Fedor Manor have been closed since March 16th.

Cuyahoga County has established a Coronavirus hotline.  Individuals can call 1-855-711-3035 with questions about the Coronavirus.  This hotline is in addition to the Ohio Department of Health’s call center (216) 1-833-427-5634 and MetroHealth’s help line (440)-592-6843.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control: https://coronavirus.gov
Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov
Cuyahoga County Board of Health: https://www.ccbh.net/coronavirus/

Update March 18, 2020 5:00 PM

Pursuant to the direction of state and federal officials in response to COVID-19, Mayor George has announced that Lakewood City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice unless you have an appointment with a city department.    The operations of Lakewood Municipal Court will continue to operate on a limited basis within City Hall.   Those with business before the Court will be permitted to enter as usual.  All other visitors must have an appointment with a city official.

If you are scheduled to appear in the Lakewood Court in the near future, contact your attorney for further instructions.  If you do not have an attorney, you may submit a written request for a continuance by fax, (216-529-7687), email (lakewoodcourt@lakewoodoh.net), regular mail, or by personal delivery to the court. Payments can be made on-line through the court website.

In addition to the announcement that city hall will be closed to the public until further notice, here is a listing of the most recent updates:

  • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an order to close all barbershops, beauty salons, tattoo parlors, hair and nail salons across the state.
  • Additionally, the Governor ordered the closing of all but five of the state’s BMV locations.
  • Cuyahoga County has established a Coronavirus hotline. Individuals can call 1-855-711-3035 with questions about the Coronavirus.  This hotline is in addition to the Ohio Department of Health’s call center (216) 1-833-427-5634 and MetroHealth’s help line (440)-592-6843.
  • The City of Lakewood has set up a website to provide accurate information and resources for Lakewood businesses affected by COVID-19. The website address is onelakewood.com/covid19businessresources.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

Update March 17, 2020 6:00 PM

The City of Lakewood is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic closely and is taking direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Governor’s Office and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health regarding mitigation procedures.

All COVID-19 cases are being tracked and monitored by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Ohio Department of Health.  Cases are tracked by the patient’s home residence.  As of this afternoon, there are no known Lakewood residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.  However, we know community spread of the virus is happening in Ohio and there is a strong likelihood that we will see cases here in Lakewood.    We are working diligently to minimize the spread of this virus.

The following is a listing of the most-recent updates:

  • All non-essential city employees have been sent home and are working remotely when possible.
  • Following the Governor’s recent guidance, essential city meetings will be limited to ten people in a room. All non-essential meetings have been cancelled.
  • Our Police and Fire Departments have protocols in place and are updating them based on CDC protocols.
  • The Lakewood Animal Shelter is closed as of 12:00 PM on March 17, 2020. If there is an animal concern, such as a dog running at large, individuals can contact the non-emergency police number at (216) 521-6773.
  • Metered parking is no longer being enforced at this time.
  • All fitness centers/gyms; bowling alleys; public recreation centers; movie theaters, indoor waterparks and trampoline parks in Ohio are now closed.
  • All bars and restaurants in the State of Ohio are closed to the public. Carry-out and delivery are still available.
  • Division of Housing and Building will be open by appointment only. Please call (216) 529-6270 or email housing.building@lakewoodoh.net to make an appointment.
  • The Department of Planning and Development will be open by appointment only. Please call (216) 529-6630 or planning@lakewoodoh.net make an appointment.
  • There will be no water shut-offs for non-payment during this pandemic. If you are behind on paying your water bill, payment plans are available.
  • The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals have set-up two drive-through testing facilities for COVID-19.  If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please contact a healthcare provider.  Do not go to the emergency room.  If you are experiencing life threatening symptoms, please call 9-1-1.
  • The City Hall Annex Building is closed for in-person visits. This includes Tax, Water and Vital Statistics.  If you have business with one of these divisions, you can call or email them with questions.  Many services can be handled, by phone, email and mail.  This facility also has a drop box available on the east side of the building.
    Tax: (216) 529-6620  or taxdept@lakewoodoh.net
    Water: (216) 529-6820 or water@lakewoodoh.net
    Vital Statistics: (216) 529-7690 or vitalstats@lakewoodoh.net
  • Public access at city meetings may be restricted. Any meeting that in-person attendance is restricted will be live streamed on the City of Lakewood website and will be recorded.  Those recordings will be available on the city’s website after the meeting.  Many non-essential meetings have been cancelled.
  • Lakewood’s Human Services Department has cancelled senior programming and closed the Lawther Senior Center and the congregate dining at Fedor Manor, through April 3rd, at the earliest. If a senior has questions or concerns, they can call the Senior Center at 216-521-1515.
  • All early childhood programs offered at the Lakewood Family Room and the East End Family Room at Fedor have been cancelled until April 3rd, at the earliest.
  • All H20 programming, including Breakfast with the Bunny, has been cancelled.

Please visit www.onelakewood.com/coronavirus  and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates and alerts. In the meantime, if you would like more information, you can find it at the following resources:

The City has also set-up a phone line where we will record regular messages with local updates.  This line has been set-up so that those that don’t have access to the website and our social media channels can still receive the latest updates.   Please call (216) 227-3240 for the latest update.

If you have questions and wish to speak with someone directly, the Ohio Department of Health has set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.  MetroHealth has also set up a support line at (440)-592-6843.  This is a free service open to anyone.

Update March 17, 2020 8:00 AM

No In-Person Voting Today; Secretary of State to Seek Ways To Extend Voting Options

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no in-person voting today.  Secretary of State Frank LaRose will seek a remedy to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote can vote.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton has declared a health emergency due to COVID-19, and has issued an order closing all State of Ohio polling locations on March 17, 2020.  Click here to read Dr. Acton’s full order.

Here is Governor Dewine’s statement regarding the closure:

“During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus. As such, Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will order the polls closed as a health emergency. While the polls will be closed tomorrow, Secretary of State Frank LaRose will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity.”

Click here to read Secretary of State LaRose’s Directive to the Board of Elections around the state.

The Governor also ordered the closure of fitness centers/gyms; bowling alleys; public rec Centers; movie theaters, indoor waterparks and trampoline parks.

Update March 16, 2020 5:00 PM

Division of Housing & Building and Department of Planning public access, availability, and services

After careful consideration and to help ensure the safety of City of Lakewood residents and employees during the current state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine, the City of Lakewood’s Division of Housing & Building and the Department of Planning will be open by appointment only during this crisis.

The Division of Housing & Building and the Department of Planning are closed to public walk-ins. In-person meetings will be by appointment only.  Social distancing best practices will be instituted at in-person meetings. All Housing & Building and Planning staff are encouraged to work remotely as much as possible.

This policy will continue to be evaluated and developed over time. Please be prepared for updates as the City explores these options to serve the citizens of Lakewood. City personnel continue to keep the taxpayers front of mind while continuing to work and serve the Lakewood community remotely during this crisis.

To schedule an appointment with Planning, please call 216-529-6630 or email planning@lakewoodoh.net.

To schedule an appointment with Housing & Building, please call 216-529-6270.

Permit applications can be mailed, emailed or faxed to:

Division of Housing & Building
12650 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
building.permits@lakewoodoh.net
Fax: 216-529-5930

Construction plans for review can be dropped-off with the correct plan review application in the drop box at City Hall located in the outer lobby at the main entrance.  Plans less than 25 MB can be emailed.  All forms can be found at: www.onelakewood.com/accordions/building-permit

Payment can be made by check (call to verify cost) or credit card over the phone.

The Building Department is also asking that any non-critical permit inspections be postponed until after April 3rd, at the earliest, due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The Building Department is investigating methods to complete “remote” inspections, especially those not involving life-safety.

The Building Department will not be conducting code compliance inspections for real estate transfers in accordance with LCO § 1306.53 and LCO § 1173.0l(f). As such, real estate agents will not be required to file a copy of the code compliance certificate with escrow agents in accordance with LCO §1306.54. Code compliance inspections of retail establishments for change of use [LCO 1173.0l(e)] will also not be conducted until further notice. This will not affect any safety-related or permit inspections.

Additionally, the Building Department is suspending all non-essential interior inspections until further notice including interior complaint inspections that do not have a life-safety component.  Scheduled property maintenance and safety inspections are canceled.  The Building Department will resume these inspections when the current COVID-19 state of emergency has passed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented health emergency.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take common-sense precautions such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

The City has advised all employees that they should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including temperature over 100.4 degrees. In addition, the City has ordered hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant sprays for all departments to assist with keeping surface areas clean, especially those that are public-facing.

Please visit www.onelakewood.com/coronavirus and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates and alerts. In the meantime, if you would like more information, you can find it at the following resources:

The City of Lakewood has established a phone number featuring a recording of daily updates. Call 216-227-3240 to hear the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 news from the City.  The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9am to 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

 

Update March 16, 2020 9:00 AM

Ohio Governor DeWine Updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19 for March 15, 2020

BARS & RESTAURANTS TO CLOSE  TO THE PUBLIC AT 9:00 PM ON MARCH 15, 2020

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has issued a Director’s Order that will close all Ohio bars and restaurants to in-house patrons, effective at 9:00 p.m. today, March 15, 2020. Restaurants with take-out and delivery options will still be able to operate those services, even as their dining rooms are temporarily closed.

ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT AID FOR OHIOANS:

The Governor will tomorrow issue an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period.

This order will also give relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.

ONE-TIME LIQUOR BUYBACK:

The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday for which they now have no use, due to their closure to in-house patrons.

Bars and restaurants wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should return their unopened, high-proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. If a business has questions about this program, they should reach out directly to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at 1(877)812-0013 or by emailing OhioLiquorInfo@Com.Ohio.gov.

SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

The Ohio Development Services Agency is preparing to submit an application in the coming week to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency.

Click here to read the Governor’s full press release.

Update March 14, 2020 2:00 PM

City of Lakewood Response to Coronavirus/COVID-19 Crisis: Water Shut-off Amnesty and COVID-19 Drive-through Testing

The City of Lakewood is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and is taking direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Department of Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health regarding mitigation procedures.    While it’s cause for concern, there is no need to panic.

Mayor George announced today that no water shut-offs will occur in the City of Lakewood during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

“Access to clean water is critical to our fundamental strategies to protect public health during the coronavirus crisis. Those that are experiencing financial difficulties should not have to go without running water.” Mayor George said. “Proper hand hygiene is essential to stopping the spread of coronavirus.  If someone’s water is shut off, no matter what the reason, we can’t expect them to stay home and avoid spreading this contagious disease. We have to provide the maximum opportunities for residents of Lakewood to protect themselves and stop the spread to or from others. Keeping clean water flowing is one simple step City Hall can take during this crisis, so we will not be shutting off anyone’s water.”

Also, the Cleveland Clinic announced today that drive-through testing for COVID-19 will be available, starting today, in a University Circle garage.  Please see the link below for more information.

https://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2020/03/13/university-hospitals-and-cleveland-clinic-partner-to-provide-drive-through-covid-19-testing/

Mayor George said, “The availability of rapid testing is essential to containing and combating this public health crisis. The drive-through aspect makes an inadvertent spread of the disease in a waiting room less likely.”

From the Cleveland Clinic’s Preparing for Coronavirus/COVID-19 website:

Do you think you may have Coronavirus/COVID-19?  Take these steps:

  • Start with a virtual visit using Cleveland Clinic Express Care Online https://my.clevelandclinic.org/online-services/express-care-online or call your primary care physician. You will be advised what to do next.
  • Call ahead before going in person to any Cleveland Clinic location.
  • Don’t go to your local emergency department for COVID-19 testing. The emergency department is only for those who need the most critical care.*

* If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, a severe headache or other potentially life-threatening problems, go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take common-sense precautions such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

The City has advised all employees that they should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including temperature over 100.4 degrees. In addition, the City has ordered hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant sprays for all departments to assist with keeping surface areas clean, especially those that are public-facing.

Residents should check www.onelakewood.com and follow us on social media for further alerts regarding the cancellation of City meetings or events.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9am to 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

Update March 13, 2020 7:00 PM

Updated: March 16, 2020

After careful consideration and to help ensure the safety of City of Lakewood residents and employees during the current state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine, the City of Lakewood – Division of Housing and Building will be open by appointment only until the state of emergency has passed.

To schedule an appointment, please call 216-529-6270.

After careful consideration and to ensure the safety of City of Lakewood residents and employees during the state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine, the City of Lakewood Building Department is suspending all non-essential interior inspections until further notice.  Additionally, the Building Department is suspending interior complaint inspections that do not have a life-safety component.  The Building Department will resume these inspections when the current COVID-19 state of emergency has passed. This suspension of inspections is for the protection of the public as well as Building Department personnel.

Scheduled property maintenance and safety inspections will be canceled until further notice.

The Building Department asks that any non-critical permit inspection be postponed until April 3rd, at the earliest, due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The Building Department is investigating methods to complete “remote” inspections, especially those not involving life-safety.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take common-sense precautions such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

The City has advised all employees that they should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including temperature over 100.4 degrees. In addition, the City has ordered hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant sprays for all departments to assist with keeping surface areas clean, especially those that are public-facing.

Residents should check www.onelakewood.com and follow us on social media for further alerts regarding the cancellation of City meetings or events.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

Update March 13, 2020 4:00 PM

City Hall Annex Building Will Be Closed For In-Person Visits Effective March 16th

After careful consideration and to ensure the safety of City of Lakewood residents and employees during the state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine, the Lakewood City Hall Annex building, located across from City Hall at 12805 Detroit Avenue, will be closed to in-person visits effective Monday, March 16th, until further notice.  This building houses the Division of Tax, Division of Utility Billing, and the Division of Vital Statistics. These divisions will be staffed for phone calls and email inquiries during normal business hours.

The City offers multiple options for you to file and submit your tax return, as follows: 

Filing options

E-file and payment

  • File and pay your return online by clicking hereno drop off or mailing needed 

Short form

If assistance is needing in completing the tax return, please check the box on the L-1 form that states you would like the City to calculate your tax. Submit the form to our office with the appropriate documents such as W-2s, 1099s, page 1 of the Federal 1040, and Schedules 1, C, E, F, and K-1, if applicable.  Please be advised we are extending the short form deadline from March 15th to match the Federal deadline.

Interactive forms

  • Prepare your return and print the completed form to submit with the required documents and payment if necessary 

Blank individual tax forms

  • Print from our website
  • Pick up at Lakewood Public Library Main Branch and Madison Branch
  • Call the office at 216-529-6620 and we will mail a form to you

If assistance is needing in completing the tax return, please check the box on the L-1 form that states you would like the City to calculate your tax. Submit the form to our office with the appropriate forms such as W-2s, 1099’s, page 1 of the Federal 1040, and Schedules 1, C, E, F, and K-1, if applicable.  

Submission options

  • E-file and pay through the website, no drop off or mailing needed at this link: http://www.onelakewood.com/accordions/e-preparation-service/
  • Send by U.S. Postal Service mail
  • Drop off at drop-box located on the Alameda side of the Annex building
  • The office will be staffed for questions and payments over the phone at 216-529-6620. Please see the FAQs on this page for further information.

Utility Billing

To make a payment for your water bill you may:

  • Pay by phone with a credit or debit card by calling 216-529-6820 and choose Option 2.
  • Mail payment made by check or money order to our office directly or to our P.O. Box

City of Lakewood –
Division of Utility Billing
PO Box 77047
Cleveland, OH 44194-7047

  • In-person drop-off at the drop-box located on the Alameda side of the Annex building.
  • Pay online through an Automated Clearing House (ACH) electronic funds transfer.

Vital Statistics

Burial permits (funeral directors only) available by appointment only.  Please call ahead.

To request a birth or death certificate, please call 216-529-7690.

Please check the websites listed below for more information, particularly for tax return filing.  As further information develops, the City will react accordingly. Additionally, residents should check www.onelakewood.com and follow us on social media for further alerts.

Website information

Division of Municipal Income Tax – http://www.onelakewood.com/municipal-income-tax/
Division of Utility Billing – http://www.onelakewood.com/payment-taxes/pay-your-water-bill/
Division of Vital Statistics – http://www.onelakewood.com/findget/birthdeath-records/

Contact phone numbers

Division of Municipal Income Tax – 216-529-6620
Division of Utility Billing – 216-529-6820
Division of Vital Statistics – 216-529-7690

Email information

Division of Municipal Income Tax – taxdept@lakewoodoh.net

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take common-sense precautions such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

The City has advised all employees that they should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including temperature over 100.4 degrees. In addition, the City has ordered hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant sprays for all departments to assist with keeping surface areas clean, especially those that are public-facing.

Residents should check www.onelakewood.com and follow us on social media for further alerts regarding the cancellation of City meetings or events.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9am to 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

Update March 13, 2020 3:30 PM

Pursuant to Governor Mike DeWine’s declared State of Emergency, please be advised that public access at city meetings may be restricted.  Any meeting that in-person attendance is restricted will be live streamed on the City of Lakewood website and will be recorded.  Those recordings will be available on the city’s website after the meeting.

COVID-19 Update March 12, 2020

The City of Lakewood continues to monitor the dynamic situation presented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  As further information develops, the City is reacting accordingly.

While there is no reason for panic, the City of Lakewood is following direction from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

In alignment with federal, state, and county guidance, the City’s strategy now is to mitigate the “community spread” of coronavirus.  To that end, the City of Lakewood is canceling the following meetings and programs through April 3rd, at the earliest:

Canceled: Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission Meeting
Thursday, March 12, 2020
6:30 PM
East Conference Room

Canceled: Records Commission Meeting
Monday, March 16, 2020
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Law Conference Room

Canceled: Keep Lakewood Beautiful Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
5:30 PM
Auditorium

Canceled: Animal Safety & Welfare Advisory Board
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
6:00 PM
East Conference Room

Canceled: Civil Service Commission Meeting
Thursday, March 19, 2020
8:00 AM
Law Conference Room

Canceled: Lakewood Youth Council
Thursday, March 26, 2020
6:00 PM
Auditorium

Canceled: Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board
Thursday, March 26, 2020
6:30 PM
East Conference Room

Mayor George met with her coronavirus task force this morning to understand and address the needs and challenges each part of city government faces.  There will be several programs, services, and facilities affected by the City’s mitigation strategy, as follows:

  • Lakewood’s Human Services Department is canceling senior programming and closing the Lawther Senior Center and the congregate dining at Fedor Manor, beginning on Monday, March 16th through April 3rd, at the earliest.
  • Lakewood Senior Services will continue to provide non-emergency transportation through our partnership with Senior Transportation Connections.
  • Lakewood residents currently receiving home-delivered meals will continue to order and receive their meals as they have in the past.
  • Individuals who are currently enrolled as a congregate lunch participant will receive a robocall to their home asking if they wish to be added to the Home Delivered Meal roster as resources are available. Call 521-1515 for more information.
  • If a senior has any other concerns, they can call the Senior Center for more information at 216-521-1515.
  • All early childhood programs offered at the Lakewood Family Room and the East End Family Room at Fedor will be cancelled until April 3rd, at the earliest.  Please call 216-529-5018 with questions.
  • All H2O after school programs and service work will be suspended through April 3rd, at the earliest.
  • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny cancelled. Call 216-529-6045 with any further questions related to H2O.
  • All other Human Services questions can be answered at 216-529-6685.
  • Senior tax clinics will continue as scheduled. Participants should proceed to their appointment at the Lawther Center, call upon arrival, and a tax advisor will provide entry to the building.   All AARP Tax Clinics scheduled at Lawther Center have been cancelled effective Monday, March 16, 2020.
  • Any visitors to City Hall or other municipal buildings will have a sign-in sheet to preserve a record of visitors should the City be required to assist in tracking the spread of coronavirus.
  • City Hall is preparing non-essential staff for remote work.
  • Police and Fire personnel are currently outfitted with personal protective equipment to respond to situations involving sick or potentially sick individuals.
  • All events and rentals at Lakewood Park Woman’s Club Pavilion are canceled through April 3rd, at the earliest.
  • Voting at the Westerly Apartments polling location will be moved to Garfield Middle School. All other polling locations in Lakewood will stay in place.

Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton said today, “The steps we are taking now will absolutely save lives.”

With these facts in mind, Mayor Meghan George said, “I recognize the disruption to daily routines and planned events, but health and safety are my highest priority.  Any step I can take to slow the trajectory of coronavirus spreading in Lakewood is worth that disruption.”

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take common-sense precautions such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

The City has advised all employees that they should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including temperature over 100.4 degrees. In addition, the City has ordered hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant sprays for all departments to assist with keeping surface areas clean, especially those that are public-facing.

Residents should check www.onelakewood.com and follow us on social media for further alerts regarding the cancellation of City meetings or events.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9am to 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

COVID-19 Update March 11, 2020

The City is taking COVID-19 seriously and would like to remind residents to stay informed as this is a fluid and rapidly changing situation.

In alignment with Governor DeWine and County Executive Budish’s recommendations, the City is exploring how it can provide services, specifically senior meals for those currently enrolled in our congregate nutrition program, by delivery as opposed to community gatherings. We are awaiting a response from the Western Reserve Areawide Agency on Aging regarding this service. In the meantime, the Lawther Center on Aging will continue to provide core services, but has decided to cancel all Division of Aging trips and the St. Patrick’s Day Potluck scheduled for March 16th.

The City has also received notice that the Westerly will no longer serve as a polling location for Precinct 3E (Ward 3) for the March 17th primary. As soon as we have the new polling information from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, we will share it with residents.

As for our first responders, we are well prepared for any emergency situation that may arise as there are infectious disease protocols already in place. We have received additional guidance from the CDC on criteria to follow should we receive a call involving a suspected COVID-19 case.

The City of Lakewood has an internal team meeting daily monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.  Our efforts are focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to take guidance from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the CDC. We are prepared to make additional changes to policy as the situation evolves.

COVID-19 Update March 10, 2020

Yesterday, Governor Mike DeWine confirmed that three people in Cuyahoga County have tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Those that have been in close contact with the three positive cases are currently quarantined at home for a minimum of 14 days.

While there is no reason for panic, the City of Lakewood will continue to closely monitor the situation and take direction from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Center for Disease Control.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take common-sense precautions such as washing your hands often with soap and water while avoiding close contact with people who are sick. The City has advised all employees that they should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness including temperature over 100.4 degrees. In addition, the City has ordered hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant sprays for all departments to assist with keeping surface areas, especially those that are public-facing, clean.

At this time, regional and City leadership are not canceling any major events. However, this situation is changing rapidly. Residents should check www.onelakewood.com and follow us on social media for alerts regarding the cancellation of City meetings or events.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov

Ohio Department of Health: https://odh.ohio.gov

Cuyahoga County Board of Health: https://www.ccbh.net/coronavirus/

The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week from 9 am to 8 pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.


The City encourages everyone to follow these guidelines to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like the Coronavirus and the flu:

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please see the following links:

Centers for Disease Control

Ohio Department of Health

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Cleveland Clinic’s FAQs about the Coronavirus