Ohio Public Health Advisory System

The Public Health Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework to assess the degree of the virus’ spread and to engage and empower individuals, businesses, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions.  The system consists of four levels that provide Ohioans with guidance as to the severity of the problem in the counties in which they live.  The levels are determined by seven data indicators that identify the risk level for each county and a corresponding color code to represent that risk level.

***Lorain County is currently at a Level 2 Public Emergency***
Increased exposure and spread – Exercise high degree of caution.

Urgent Health Advisory – Ohioans Protecting Ohioans

On May 20, 2020, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH issued an Urgent Health Advisory that recommends Ohioans continue to stay home as much as possible, maintains limiting large groups and requiring safe business conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Please see the document below for further information.

Stay Healthy and Safe at Home Order

Under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH issued a director’s order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of  COVID-19 and to allow certain businesses to reopen with strict safety requirements. Please see the documents below for further information.

Responsible RestartOhio

Responsible RestartOhio is about protecting the health of employees, customers, and their families; supporting community efforts to control the spread of the virus; and, leading in responsibly getting Ohio back to work.  Click HERE for more information.

If you see any unsafe practices and wish to report it, or are concerned about people not following social distancing guidelines, please contact Lorain County Public Health at 440-322-6367.

City of Oberlin Updates

The health and safety of our employees and the Oberlin community is our highest priority.  With the COVID-19 situation continually developing, please be assured that the City of Oberlin is actively taking measures to prevent the potential spread and impact of COVID-19.

We are taking practical precautionary steps within the City’s organization, such as additional cleaning of City buildings, encouraging employees to stay home if they are ill, restricting non-essential business travel, and practicing social distancing.

The City is also taking measures to promote social distancing at public meetings and gatherings.  To this end, please note the following cancellations/closures:

  • All City of Oberlin in-person public meetings have been cancelled until further notice, including all City board/commission meetings.

Oberlin City Council and Board/Commission meetings will be conducted remotely via video conference under the provisions of Sub. H.B. 197 and in the interest of public health and safety.  Members of the public interested in viewing the meetings may do so HERE; furthermore, agenda materials will also be made available HERE.

  • In accordance with the Stay Safe Ohio Order, all City Playgrounds are closed. This includes playgrounds at Park Street Park, Spring Street Park, Depot Park and the Oberlin Recreation Complex.  Parks remain open for outdoor activity, but please practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people.
  • Hamilton Recreation Complex is closed to all sporting organizations.  No practices, games or tournaments are permitted to take place at this time.
  • 2020 Safety Town has been cancelled

We will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation, which may result in further cancellations/closures.  If you have any questions, please contact the City at 440-775-1531 or  info@cityofoberlin.com.

2020 Summer Recreation Programs Postponed | Free Breakfast & Lunch Program

The City has made the difficult decision to postpone all summer recreation programs, including the Playground Experience Program, until at least July 1st.  We will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation during this time and are very hopeful to offer some type of summer programming later this year.  We will provide updates regarding summer programming as they arise, so please check this website often.

The City of Oberlin will be continuing the Free Breakfast and Lunch Program for ALL K-12 Students during the summer.  Beginning Tuesday, June 9th, meals can be picked up in City Hall parking lot on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:00pm.  Please see the document below for more information:

Public Works Department Altered/Suspended Services

Yard Waste Collection Altered Service:

  • Yard waste will be picked up on Mondays, beginning April 13th
  • Residents must call 440-775-7218 to request a pick up – provide name, address and telephone number
  • Residents will be billed on a monthly basis for each yard waste bag collected without a yard waste tag

Suspended Services:

  • Temporary dumpster service
  • Compost pick-up and delivery service
  • All recycling services

Refuse pick up is still operational. Any resident who needs additional capacity for their refuse and recycling materials may use their recycling cart at this time.  Please be advised, however, that all materials in refuse and recycling carts placed out for pick up will be picked up as refuse and will not be recycled.

Alternative recycling options are currently being developed – Stay tuned!

The City has authorized these service interruptions to help ensure that the most essential functions of the Public Works Department are maintained.  If you have any questions on services, please call the Public Works Department at 440-775-7218 or click HERE for more information.

Public Access Restricted in City Facilities

City of Oberlin services are still currently operational.  However, effective March 16, 2020, public access to City facilities is restricted until further notice. (Press Release)  Only the Oberlin Police Department will remain accessible to the public.  Please consider the following options to conduct City business:

Utilities/Finance Department:

  • If you need assistance in paying your residential utility bill due to the effects of the Coronavirus, please contact Oberlin Community Services at 440-774-6579 – More information is in the Oberlin Caring Fund section below
  • If you are a commercial, non-profit or other non-residential utility customer and need to make alternative payment arrangements for your City of Oberlin utility bill, please contact the Finance Director at stalarico@cityofoberlin.com or 440-775-7210
  • Click here for online utility bill payment
  • Drop off utility bill payments in the drive-up drop box in the City Hall parking lot (next to the mailbox) or in the drop box next to the south entrance of the Utility Office at 69 S. Main Street
  • Call 440-775-7211 or 440-775-7214 for utility billing questions

Municipal Income Taxes:

  • The Oberlin City Tax Filing Deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. For information and to file your City of Oberlin Income Tax return visit https://www.ritaohio.com/ or call 800-860-7482. 

Police Department:

  • Pay parking citation fines by mailing payment to Oberlin Police Department – 85 S. Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
  • Send public records requests via email to spodrosky@oberlinpd.com
  • Civilian fingerprints and solicitor permits are not being processed at this time
  • Call 440-774-1061 for questions

Fire Department:

  • Permit applications are available online HERE
  • Send public records requests via email to fireinfo@cityofoberlin.com
  • Fire Inspections and Outreach Programs postponed
  • Smoke Detectors are still available by calling 440-774-3211 Ext. 0
  • Call 440-774-3211 Ext. 0 for questions

Human Resources Department:

  • Please obtain job applications for open positions online HERE and submit them via US mail (Human Resources Department – 85 S. Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074) or via email (hr@cityofoberlin.com)
  • Call 440-775-7217 for questions

Planning & Development/Building:

  • Call 440-775-7182

Recreation Office:

  • Call 440-775-7254

Oberlin Municipal Light & Power System/Electric Department:

  • Call 440-775-7260

Public Works:

  • Call 440-775-7218 or 440-396-4437

Westwood Cemetery:

  • Call 440-775-7252

Law Department/Prosecutor’s Office:

  • Call 440-774-8519

City Council/ Clerk of Council’s Office :

  • Please contact the Clerk of Council’s office for City Council Meeting Updates and Boards and Commissions Meeting updates at 440-775-7203

Oberlin Caring Fund – Utility Bill Assistance

If you are experiencing financial hardship due to the effects of the Coronavirus and will have difficulty paying your residential utility bill, please contact Oberlin Community Services for assistance at 440-774-6579.

The City of Oberlin has authorized additional assistance through the Caring Fund for residential utility customers during this time.  Customers are now eligible to receive assistance even if they have already received assistance within the last 12 months, and are no longer required to have a shut-off notice prior to receiving assistance.

Oberlin Community Services – Food Distribution & Emergency Assistance

Oberlin Community Services (OCS) offers drive-up, contact-free food distributions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30pm – 4:00pm at 285 South Professor Street in Oberlin.  Please have your trunk cleaned out, as food will be placed directly into your trunk.  There is no need to get out of your vehicle.

If you are in need of rent/mortgage or utility assistance, please click HERE to complete an intake form or call OCS at 440-774-6579.

Lorain County Emergency Housing Assistance Program

Lorain County amended its CHIP Program to create the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHA Program). The EHA Program was created to assist Lorain County citizens with up to 3 months of rent assistance or mortgage assistance if they have suffered an economic hardship from COVID-19.

Oberlin College

Oberlin City Schools & Faith-Based Organizations

Oberlin City Schools have closed in accordance with the Governor’s order.  Please refer to the following documents for more information:

Please see the notice for Faith Based Organizations from Lorain County Public Health:

Oberlin Connector Service – Public Transportation

The Oberlin Connector Service is still running as normal on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00am-6:00pm.  Click HERE for more information about the service or call 800-406-7541.

Updates & Assistance for Businesses/Employees

Updates on Oberlin business closures and/or changes to hours/services:

City of Oberlin COVID-19 Emergency Working Capital Loan Program for Businesses (Sole Proprietors Eligible)

City of Oberlin Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID-19 Emergency Working Capital Loan Program for Businesses

Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program (Website) (Press Release)

Ohio Development Services Agency Resources

Additional resources for businesses and employees:

Lorain County & State of Ohio Coronavirus Resources

Lorain County Public Health will provide daily updates at 2:00pm on the Coronavirus situation in Lorain County: https://www.loraincountyhealth.com/coronavirus.  LCPH can also be reached at 440-322-6367.

The Ohio Department of Health also has a call center available from 9:00am-8:00pm to answer questions at 1-833-427-5634 or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov

For information on managing anxiety and stress related to COVID-19, please visit the Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services Board of Lorain County (MHARS Lorain County)

Coronavirus Information