Stay-At-Home Order Extended | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Stay-At-Home Order Extended

April 03, 2020

Yesterday, Governor DeWine extended his stay-at-home order through May 1, 2020.  Mayor George’s top priorities are safety and public health. The City of Lakewood continues to implement all recommended protocols and follow all guidance from public health leaders at the Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.  Residents should practice social distancing and gatherings of any size are not permitted. Lakewood Police will be monitoring and enforcing the stay-at-home order as needed. 

The City has closed public access to City buildings, canceled or postponed non-essential meetings, instituted livestream public meetings where practical and appropriate, enforced federal and state mandates for closure of bars, restaurants, and other relevant businesses, and required all non-essential staff to work remotely.  All staff have been informed of coronavirus protocol and advised to notify a manager and stay home if they are sick or have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees.

The following changes to City operations and services will continue during this public health crisis.

Safety Forces

The City’s Fire Department and Police Department are award-winning preparedness experts and have taken necessary precautions to ensure the safety of staff and residents.

City Buildings

City Hall and other City buildings are closed to the public except by appointment. All City departments and divisions are still operating and can be reached at their normal telephone numbers and email addresses. For a directory of department contact information, visit  Phone calls and emails to City staff will be answered or returned.

Lakewood Municipal Court

Lakewood Municipal Court will continue to operate on a limited basis within City Hall. The court will only be open between 8:00am and 12:00pm through May 3, 2020 for any personal appearances. Anyone with business with the Court will be permitted to enter as usual. No other visitors will be admitted to City Hall unless they have a scheduled appointment.

Motions and other filings can be made by fax, (216-529-7687), email (, regular mail, or by personal delivery to the court. Payments for waiverable traffic and criminal citations can be made on-line through the court website. All other payments can be made by phone.


Lakewood’s Human Services Department has cancelled senior programming and closed the Lawther Senior Center and the congregate dining at Fedor Manor. Call 216-521-1515 with questions or concerns.


City parks will remain open at this time. All playgrounds are closed, per the stay-at-home order. Signs are posted detailing park-specific instructions for the duration of the stay-at-home order. Residents are reminded to continue to social distance at the parks.


Rush hour parking bans are suspended through May 1st. This policy will be reviewed again at that time.  Parking bans during heavy snow remain in place for plow access and safety.

Refuse and Recycling

The Refuse and Recycling Drop Off Center located at 12920 Berea Road will amend the hours of operation to Monday-Friday 8:00am to 2:00pm for residents to drop off household and bulk garbage, yard waste, and recyclables. Beginning April 11th, the Berea Road Drop-Off Center will resume its Saturday hours from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm.  Residents should have their driver license or other identification ready to verify Lakewood residency.

A satellite drop-off station is available at the Lakewood Park skate park located at 14532 Lake Avenue features separate trucks for household and bulk garbage, yard waste, and recyclables. This satellite station will maintain the hours of 8:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday.

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.


The Lakewood Tax Office has extended the deadline to pay City of Lakewood taxes to July 15, 2020.  The Tax Office encourages returns to be filed early.

What Can You do?

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

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

More Information

Please visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates and alerts. Additionally, you can find more information at the following links:

The City of Lakewood has established a phone number featuring a recording of regular updates. Call 216-227-3240 to hear the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 news from the City.

Cuyahoga County’s ReadyNotify notification system is used by the City of Lakewood for timely public alerts. Visit to register.

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