City of Cleveland Daily News Updates - #310

Thursday, March 11, 2021

The City of Cleveland continues to take numerous precautions across multiple departments and divisions amid increasing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are some important updates. Mayor Frank G. Jackson signed an order on Feb. 24, 2021 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through March 31, 2021Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational. 

Registration Now Open for Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center (NRRC) Spring 2021 Programs; More NRRC Programs will Return this Summer

Registration is now open for CLE’s NRRC Spring 2021 programs. In an effort to offer high-quality, interactive programming during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Division of Recreation has designed a new model for the delivery of program offerings that include virtual programming and limited in-person 10-week programs and activities available in NRRCs. The number of in-person programming will be limited to allow for social distancing and to ensure adherence to mass gathering guidelines prescribed by the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health. Please be certain to carefully review the New Health and Safety Measures for NRRC Guests section of the guide. Click here to view the Spring 2021 Program Guide. Registration is available in person or online at

Additionally, the City of Cleveland plans to open several recreation programs for the summer, including city pools, parks, camps, basketball courts and team sports. The City will provide additional details on the summer programs in the coming weeks.

Class sizes for all NRRC programs are limited and early registration is advised. All programs are free.

Click here to view today’s announcement.

City of Cleveland Statement on Appeals Court Decision on the Termination of Timothy Loehmann

The City of Cleveland has issued the following statement on the decision reached by the 8th District Court of Appeals in Cuyahoga County  regarding the termination of Timothy Loehmann’s employment as a Cleveland Police officer:

“The City of Cleveland is pleased that the court upheld its decision to terminate the employment of former Cleveland Police patrol officer Timothy Loehmann. The City has consistently maintained throughout this process that Loehmann’s termination was justified. 

Cleveland Division of Fire to ‘Sound the Alarm’ March 13Emergency Sirens Citywide will Remind Residents to Change Smoke Alarm Battery

On Saturday, March 13, at 6:05 p.m. emergency sirens will sound for one minute in unison to urge residents to change their smoke alarm batteries when they adjust their clocks for daylight saving time this weekend.

“Working smoke alarms save lives,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “As you change your clocks this Saturday I encourage everyone to also change the batteries in your smoke alarms. It might just save the lives of your loved ones.”

The “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign is a national home fire safety program sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and endorsed locally by the Cleveland Division of Fire and the American Red Cross.

Working smoke alarms reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities related to residential fires by providing an early warning signal and allowing critical extra seconds to escape, according to the NFPA. Although smoke alarms are in a large percentage of Cleveland homes, nearly one-third do not work because of worn or missing batteries.

In addition to urging residents to change smoke alarm batteries, the Cleveland Division of Fire’s Public Education Office recommends that every resident take a few minutes to review fire-safety measures. This includes checking the smoke alarms, establishing an emergency escape route, (identify two ways out of each room), and designating a common meeting place once outside of the home.

Cleveland Fire Stations will have a limited supply of batteries available to residents on a first come, first served basis. Residents may call 216-361-5535 to request smoke alarms if they do not already have them on every floor of the house and every room where people sleep.

Residents visiting Fire Stations are required to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose (available upon request.) Temperature checks and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

City of Cleveland Releases Statement Regarding the American Rescue Plan Act

We are aware that the American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Biden this afternoon includes direct funding for local governments. Like cities across the nation, Cleveland has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and we are confident this funding will help us continue to deliver the vital services and programs our residents and businesses need during this difficult time. It is too early to determine specific details, but we await information on the uses of the funds and confirmation of the amounts.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Passenger Travel Data
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), like other airports worldwide, has had a dramatic drop in air service and travelers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns over health and safety, as well as quarantines, coupled with many businesses cancelling travel and leisure travelers staying home, have impacted flights.

We are currently averaging 6,830 passengers in the past seven days, compared with the 314 passengers we reported in April 2020. Click here to view regularly updated numbers on airport travel on the Hopkins website.

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