What is the City of Blue Ash doing to combat the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?


NOTE: This page will be updated as the City of Blue Ash evaluates its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Scroll down to see the latest information. 

For the latest information from County, State and National officials on COVID-19:

Administration (Updated March 27, 2020)

The City of Blue Ash has approved a state of emergency declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in line with what many other jurisdictions are doing, and it will allow the City to pursue federal assistance and invoke local ordinances or powers that may be useful during this public health emergency, if needed.

Read the City of Blue Ash state of emergency declaration here.

On March 12, 2020, Hamilton County declared a countywide state of emergency. Read it here.

(Updated March 23, 2020)

Governor Mike DeWine has issued a Stay At Home Order that goes into effect at midnight.  The City of Blue Ash will continue to operate and provide essential services to citizens.  We ask for your patience and understanding as there may be delays to some non-essential and non-emergency functions. Please continue to contact us by phone or email.  We will accommodate those who need to drop off paperwork (see information about taxes below). You can find phone numbers and email addresses in the back of your 2020 City of Blue Ash Calendar or at our website www.blueash.com.  Below you will also find more information on the City’s action and plans regarding COVID-19.
City leaders have been monitoring news and information and are keeping in close contact with the area’s key leaders to stay on top of developments with COVID-19. The City is communicating with employees on measures being put in place to avoid infection, including providing additional hand sanitizing stations, increasing cleaning measures, staggered shifts, and limiting public access to the City Administration Building. They also discussed future steps that could be taken if necessary.  

(Updated March 24, 2020)

Circumstances have been changing rapidly due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. To comply with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s orders and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the City of Blue Ash has made several changes to operations and continues to evaluate plans and procedures. The list below is intended to be an overview and is subject to change:
 
  1. The City is still operational, but with limited capacity, and with no direct public interaction (except for emergency services). 
  2. Emergency services are fully functional, but protocols are in place to minimize exposure. Non-life threatening issues will be lower in priority or deferred until later as appropriate. 
  3. According to the CDC, if you think you have coronavirus, and are exhibiting symptoms (coughing, fever, shortness of breath) call your healthcare provider for medical advice. If your symptoms are mild, it is recommended that you stay home and self-quarantine. Call before you get medical care, but be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency. If you are able to travel by automobile to get treatment, please do so. Transportation by ambulance will not get you checked in any faster, and may put a strain on services for those with severe symptoms or other medical emergencies. Read more in Blue Ash Fire Chief Chris Theder’s letter to residents.
  4. Basic maintenance will occur such as limited public works construction, building maintenance, garbage pickup, and outdoor/grass maintenance.
  5. Some basic supportive administrative functions such as payroll, IT, finance, etc., will be conducted minimally with limited staff.
  6. Most parks and recreation facilities are closed, with the exception of passive park facilities. All gathering spaces and interactive spaces are closed. For instance, playgrounds, the Great Lawn and the Observation Tower at Summit Park, shelters, the Towne Square memorial, etc., are off-limits so as to not encourage gatherings. Walking, running and biking are permitted, as long as social distancing is being practiced.
  7. Construction activity is still permitted (via the Health Department orders) so our building and zoning department will still function. Contractors who need to schedule inspections or drop off plans should call ahead to make arrangements.

Police and Fire

Fire and Police Department Leaders are implementing increased health safety measures for staff.

BAPD is suspending some non-essential functions. Fingerprint detail & scheduled ALICE classes are suspended until further notice. Essential police functions will continue.

BAFD (Updated March 18, 2020)  Click here to read Fire Chief Chris Theders letter to residents.
(Updated March 25, 2020) BAFD seeking donations of masks and gowns.

(Updated March 31, 2020) Has your child's birthday party been cancelled by COVID-19? The Blue Ash Police and Fire Departments want to cheer them up with a lights-and-sirens birthday parade!

Communications

The City will continue to communicate with the public about COVID-19 information sources on social media. If there are cancellations/closures directly related to the City of Blue Ash they will be posted on social media and the City website. Any calls/inquiries directly relating to the spread of the virus will be referred to the Ohio Department of Health hotline 1-833-4-ASK-ODH and to the Hamilton County Health Department.  See links at the top of this page.
(Updated April 1, 2020) The City is sending e-newsletters frequently to keep residents up-to-date on plans and changes due to COVID-19.  
City of Blue Ash COVID-19 Update #1
City of Blue Ash COVID-19 Update #2
City of Blue Ash COVID-19 Update #3
To sign up for e-newsletters, please click here.

Parks and Recreation

(Updated April 3, 2020) 
Check this link for more Parks and Recreation COVID-19 updates.

(Updated April 2, 2020) 
Click here to read a message from Parks and Recreation Director Brian Kruse.

The Blue Ash Recreation Center will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice. We will be continuously reevaluating the situation and updating the status of the closure. All programs, classes and events taking place within the Recreation Center during this time will be cancelled.  

Restaurants (Updated March 16, 2020)

Due to the Governor’s order to close restaurants and bars as of 9:00 p.m., Sunday, March 15, the following restaurants located at Summit Park are closed until further notice: Brown Dog Café, Tahona and Senate. These restaurants will not be offering carryout or delivery.
Nanny Belle’s will remain open to carryout customers only. 
The restaurant owners, managers, and employees apologize for any inconvenience. If circumstances change, updates will be posted at www.summitparkblueash.com and on the Summit Park Facebook page.

Blue Ash Sports Center (Updated March 17, 2020) 

The Blue Ash Sports Center will be closed through April 5. For questions about rescheduling games and events, contact Bob Halker at bhalker@blueash.com

Parks (updated March 23, 2020)

In accordance with public health recommendations, beginning on Monday, March 23, all City of Blue Ash playgrounds and the Observation Tower at Summit Park will be closed until further notice. Parks will remain open for walking, biking, etc., just remember to practice social distancing.  Restroom facilities will be closed at City Parks until further notice. 
(Updated March 25, 2020) All City tennis courts and basketball courts are closed. 
(Updated March 30, 2020) The Great Lawn at Summit Park is closed.

Golf Course (Updated April 1, 2020) 
The Blue Ash Golf Course will reopen on April 2, 2020.  For details on new social distancing measures and the latest COVID-19 changes and plans, please visit the Blue Ash Golf Course website.

Sandtrap Grill 

  • Offering carryout only. Call 513-686-1211 to place an order.  View the menu here.
  • Dining area closed to customers. 
  • No communal coffee stations.
  • Staff will provide coffee to the customers/staff using latex gloves.
  • No refills with coffee in the same cup or refillable cups.
  • Bottled drinks are given to customers by staff with no communal access to reach in coke cooler.
  • No gathering inside the Sand Trap. Customers may go outside to eat and gather. 
  • Staff are instructed to clean and sanitize constantly.

The Cooper Creek Event Center is mostly closed with most events cancelling or rescheduling through April.

Tax Office (Updated March 23, 2020) 

The Tax Office is practicing social distancing but still serving you. 
The tax filing deadline for 2019 returns has been extended by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service to July 15, 2020.

To file your taxes:

  • Use the drop box at City Hall, 4343 Cooper Rd.
  • Use Secure Mail - go to www.blueash.com. Click “Departments” and select “Tax.” Below the contact information, click the red “send a message by Secure Mail” button. We will respond to all emails in the order received.

 Need your individual return prepared?

  • Scan your tax documents and submit them through our secure email (see above).
  • Make copies and drop them in our drop box at City Hall.
  • You will be billed when your return is completed.

Need additional help or an extension?

 PLEASE CALL– 513-745-8516

We accept cash, credit card, money orders, and checks.

Mayor's Court (Updated March 30, 2020)

All hearings or trials scheduled for dates in March and April have been continued to May 13. Please see the latest information about Mayor's Court here

Economic Development (Updated March 18, 2020) 
Please visit our blueashadvance.com news page for links to information for businesses from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and information for small businesses regarding Disaster Loan Declarations. 

City Council 
(Updated April 3, 2020) 
The City Council Workshop originally scheduled for March 26 has been rescheduled for April 9.  It will be conducted via Zoom.  Details on the livestream coming soon.

Citizens of Blue Ash Academy
Citizen of Blue Ash Academy classes are being postponed and will be rescheduled at a later time. 

Communications - Social Media (Updated March 25, 2020)

You may have noticed that the City of Blue Ash, Ohio – Government Facebook page was inactive for about a week. There was an authentication issue, causing the administrator to be locked out of the page, and therefore we were unable to post.  We are happy to report that this issue has now been resolved and we will be updating the page as usual.  Thank you for your patience.  Click here for links to all of the City of Blue Ash's official social media accounts.

Public Works

Due to the reduction in staffing as a result of the stay-at-home order, The City of Blue Ash Service Garage drop off will be closed until further notice.  This drop off is for residents to dispose of recycling waste. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
Spring Curbside Leaf Pickup will still occur on April 13, 2020. Please have leaves raked to the curb before 7:00 a.m. 

Board of Zoning Appeals/ Board of Site Arrangement (Updated March 31, 2020)

Board of Zoning Appeals and Board of Site Arrangement meetings have been postponed to Monday, May 11.