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COVID-19: Local Information
>> No date has been announced for the reopening of Cuyahoga County buildings, but when they do open visitors will have their temperatures taken and be required to wear masks, County Executive Armond Budish said on May 12. Access services online.
>> According to cleveland.com, County Executive Armond Budish’s administration expects to begin soliciting proposals for establishing a diversion center where police could take some mentally ill or addicted suspects rather than jail them.
- Diversion centers are meant to provide better treatment and support services for crime suspects suffering from mental illness or substance abuse.
- For every 25 jail beds that are eliminated, the County could save $6 million in jail construction costs, and $1.1 million in annual operating costs, consultants have previously said.
>> The Cuyahoga County Public Library unveiled a phased plan Tuesday to reopen about half of branches in June in a limited capacity. The proposal would allow patrons on June 1 to pick-up books and other materials from 13 branches — 11 open for drive through service, two open for curbside service.
>> Cleveland.com: Cuyahoga County receives $215 million in federal coronavirus aid
>> News Release: Pending Council approval, Cuyahoga County is moving its enforcement of the plastic bag ban from July 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021.
>> Cuyahoga County requested area businesses donate computers and computer accessories to help Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) students take advantage of online education during the statewide school closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses interested in scheduling a pickup of computer equipment can contact PCs for People at (216) 406-6475.
>> Business Damage Assessment Survey
>> Cuyahoga County has a call center during this time of crisis that is available Monday through Friday, 8AM – 5PM at 216-452-9714.
>> Coronavirus Multilingual Resources
>> Announcement of coronavirus-related actions, including suspension of new foreclosures and defaults on delinquent property tax payments for at least 60 days
>> Mayor Frank G. Jackson has unveiled his strategic plan for the recovery of Cleveland’s economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
>> Information on the City of Cleveland’s Emergency Working Capital Program - Specially Impacted Businesses, a loan providing up to $20,000 to reimburse for operating costs incurred for the months of March onward.
>> Information on Cleveland’s Restoration Working Capital Program loan, which is to reimburse for operating costs and is open to large (more than 30 employees) and small businesses to assist with eligible costs including accounts receivable, rent/mortgage payments, utilities and payroll incurred for the months of March onward.
>> The City of Cleveland anticipates it will resume bulk pick-up in June 2020. The operation had been suspended for the safety of our waste collectors. We expect to announce the June bulk schedule by next week with plans to resume in mid to late June.
>> The administration of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson does not intend to tap a $37 million rainy day fund to offset anticipated losses in revenue from economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Chief of Staff Sharon Dumas said Monday.
- The administration also wants to avoid layoffs in response to of $675.7 million will dip between 11.9 percent and 14.6 percent.
- Dumas also remarked on Cleveland’s ability to keep collecting income taxes from those individuals who have not been working in the city during the pandemic because they have been forced to work from home; the state legislature included language in a bill that allows for the municipalities to keep collecting those taxes
>> On May 14, City of Cleveland employees began a door-to-door education campaign throughout the City to help reduce the spread of coronavirus as part of the Restart CLE plan's Community Education and Awareness Campaign.
- Trained employees will educate, inform and distribute printed materials in neighborhoods that have a high number of confirmed coronavirus cases to ensure that Clevelanders have equal access to crucial coronavirus prevention tips.
- This week, employees are canvassing the Collinwood, Slavic Village and Lee-Harvard neighborhoods.
- Next week, the teams will move through different neighborhoods beginning with Detroit-Shoreway.
- View the materials distributed by the outreach workers.
>> The City of Cleveland is extending payment deadlines for the following excise tax returns to alleviate administrative burden for businesses that are facing operational impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency:
- Admissions tax due April 30, May 30 and June 30
- Motor Vehicle Lessor (rental car) tax due April 30, May 31 and June 30
- Parking tax due April 20, May 20 and June 20
- Transient Occupancy (hotel or lodging) tax due April 30, May 31 and June 30
The Commissioner of the Division of Assessments and Licenses is authorized to extend excise tax (admissions, parking, motor vehicle lessor and transient occupancy) payment deadlines to July 20 in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) national pandemic. Federal, state and local governments have employed various strategies to propose due date relief to businesses through tax guidance and legislation.
This proposal extends the April, May and June excise tax payment due dates to July 20th without incurring interest and penalties. The goal is to provide cash flow flexibility to taxpayers that cannot timely pay their excise tax obligation and provide guidance to individual taxpayer(s) through administrative rulings to address issues resulting from the national pandemic on a case by case request including statutory timing deadlines of administrative processes.
>> Mayor Frank Jackson laid out plans Monday for nearly $30 million in aid for Cleveland businesses and residents. The aid incudes $10 million from Cleveland’s economic development funds and about $18 million from federal aid.
>> City of Cleveland Economic Development: COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
>> Playhouse Square announced in a news release that performances in its theaters are suspended through August 31, and outdoor events on U.S. Bank Plaza have been canceled through that date.
>> Light Up the Lake, Cleveland’s official Fourth of July fireworks show, is being rescheduled for September 19 due to the coronavirus.
>> Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has recently reported April passenger traffic at historic lows down 96.44% vs. April 2019.
>> The Metroparks Zoo will reportedly reopen Wednesday, creating a drive-thru experience to allow visitors to see the animal exhibits without leaving their vehicles.
>> University Hospitals developed the UH Healthy Restart Playbook for Northeast Ohio businesses and non-profits on how to best prepare to reopen their doors.
>> The Cleveland Orchestra announced it has canceled all of its scheduled performances this summer — in July, August and early September — due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
>> More than 1,200 independent music venues and promoters around the country, including several local establishments, have joined together to form the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA).
>> The Cleveland Clinic is launching a center that aims to advance research on diseases including COVID-19.
>> The Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland may not resume hosting conferences until July, possibly later.
>> The Paradox Prize is working to connect available transportation assets around the region and across the state to nonprofits with COVID-related mobility needs. Nonprofits and transportation providers equipped to assist can go to paradoxprize.com to fill out a short form and immediately access information related to their service area.
>> The filing deadline for residents who pay municipal income taxes through the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) has been extended three months to July 15.
>> Tri-C is loaning ventilators to hospitals to aid COVID-19 treatment.
>> The Greater Cleveland Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning Northeast Ohio residents about scams targeting the disbursement of payments from COVID-19-related federal stimulus programs.
>> Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA): COVID-19 Transit Guidelines
>> FreshWater: Connected in CLE - Local resources and help for COVID-19
>> Downtown Cleveland Alliance: How to Stay Safe and Support Downtown Cleveland Small Businesses