In a recent press conference, the Governor discussed the newly released “Ohio Public Health Advisory System”, a four-level system that is designed by a data-driven framework to assess the degree of the virus’ spread. The intent of the system is to identify at-risk counties within Ohio with Level 1 being the least severe and Level 4 being the most. The system is also intended to engage and empower businesses, communities and local governments, such as the city of Fairfield, during their reopening planning processes as the state continues its steady rollout of reopening phases. According to the most recent data, Butler County has been listed as Level 3 with a high risk of community spread and meeting 4 of the 7 indicators with the city of Fairfield (zip code 45014) leading the highest community surge to-date.
“After reviewing this most recent data, with the most concerning information regarding zip code 45014, we will remain diligent with our community’s safety and extend the delay of our Summer Concert Series for another two weeks,” said Tiphanie Howard, the Parks and Recreation Director. “We will continue to monitor the data and revisit a July 23rd re-opening of our shows.”
The department’s event planners have already developed a set of protocols that will be put in place for the re-opening of the concerts which include; a pre-registration requirement for concert visitors, designated seating for those who plan to attend, and, of course, the core components of the best practices – regular handwashing, monitoring health conditions, social distancing, and wearing a face covering when moving throughout common areas such as the rest room and concession areas.
Staff will continue to monitor the COVID-19 spread and update information as it pertains to the Groovin’ on the Green and Friday at the Green concerts. Please check social media and the city’s website for information regarding these events and other services offered.