City of Cleveland Update on Larger Outdoor Events & More - #347

Thursday, April 29, 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 April 29, 2021 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through May 31, 2021. Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.

Hosting Parades, Festivals and Other Larger Outdoor Events During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Recommendations for Organizers and Event Planners)

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and promote healthy behaviors, the City of Cleveland recommends that organizers of large outdoor events, such as parades, festivals, concerts, etc., follow the recommendations outlined below. Please note, public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. Organizers should stay informed and take actions based on common sense and wise judgment that will protect health and support economic revitalization.  The City of Cleveland will now process permit requests that have already been submitted and begin processing new requests on Monday, May 10, 2021. Have questions or interested in a reservation? Contact us at (216) 664-2484 and the special events 

In addition to the guidance outlined below, the City of Cleveland advises all event planners and organizers review the Center for Disease Control’s Events and Gatherings Readiness and Planning Tool for comprehensive guidance on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during large gatherings and events.

Recommendations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 during large gatherings and events:


  • Develop a plan to conduct daily health checks (e.g., temperature screening and/or symptom checking) of vendors, staff, volunteers and participants.
  • Event organizers are responsible to ensure measures are established and followed to assist in mitigating the spread of the virus.  It is recommended to implement crowd management and control measures at all points in the events.   Organizers should designate staff members who will be responsible for ensuring that all vendors, staff, volunteers and patrons adhere to all health and safety guidelines.
  • Organizers should collect and maintain contact information for all staff, vendors, volunteers and participants.

Social Distancing:

  • Develop a plan to allow for social distancing before, during, and after the event (e.g., limiting attendance and modifying layouts before the event, providing physical barriers during the event and staggering exit times after the event).   Where appropriate, install physical barriers; create one-way traffic flow patterns; and place signage, tape or other visual indicators to ensure attendees from different households remain 6 feet apart at all times.   
  • Provide virtual attendance options to help limit the number of in-person attendees.

Masks/Facial Coverings: 

Handwashing/Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Ensure handwashing stations (where appropriate) are available throughout the event for employees and attendees. Signage should be posted reminding individuals to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • When handwashing stations are not appropriate for the venue, hand sanitizing stations should be made available and located throughout the event for employees and attendees. Hand sanitizer products should contain at least 60% alcohol.  

State of Ohio mandates individuals to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer, after coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), and as frequently as possible. Use sanitizer products that meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Guidelines are available on the CDC’s COVID-19 “How to Select and Use Hand Sanitizer” page, and under “When cleaning” on its COVID-19 “Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility” page.

  • Establish protocols and a schedule for cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, equipment and restrooms.


  • Ensure that vendors and staff receive communication about all COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Signs should be posted in high visibility areas throughout the event that promote common health and safety measures that can be taken to mitigate the spread of the virus- physical distancing, washing hands, wearing a mask, remain home if you are ill, etc.
  • Ensure signs and all communications are provided in languages other than English for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals and in alternative formats (e.g., large print posters, braille, American Sign Language) for individuals who are visually impaired.

Note:  The guidance provided in this document does not replace the requirements for organizers to ensure that all permits or application processes for an event are completed as required.

The Centers for Disease Control advises that attending large events and gatherings increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Therefore, the City of Cleveland strongly encourages residents to avoid large gatherings and events, such as parades, festivals, concerts, etc.

Click here to download this information as a PDF. 

Upcoming Cleveland Transformation Alliance Meetings

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance Committee (CTA) is currently hosting public meetings via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. For more information on these meetings, please visit See details for upcoming meetings below:

Governance Committee

May 10 at 11 a.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 971 5301 5099

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Communication and Engagement Committee

May 11at 3 p.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 988 2354 2730

Passcode: 315761

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Cleveland Plan Progress Committee Refresh Retreat

May 20at 12 p.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 825 4024 5006

Passcode: 137013

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Charter Review Committee

May 26at 2 p.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 936 7270 3571

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Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting

June 14th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

Meeting ID: 989 1022 3903

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Other Important Reminders

Save the Date for a Special Tele Town Hall with Mayor Jackson

Mayor Frank G. Jackson invites you to join him for an important Tele Town Hall on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. This is a Tele Town Hall you won’t want to miss. Participants can register to receive a phone call and be connected directly to the event by registering at

Mayor Jackson will also take questions from residents listening by phone and watching online. The night of the event, registered participants will receive a phone call and will only need to answer the call to enter the telephone town hall. Those who are unable to participate by phone but would like to listen during or after the event, can tune in on the City of Cleveland’s Facebook page where the call will be livestreamed.

Note to Media: NFL Draft Media Requests

Any and all media requests related to the NFL Draft should be referred to the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission or the NFL media relations team. This includes requests to utilize city-owned property during the event as they may already be reserved for Draft-related purposes.

Opportunity Corridor Section 3 Public Notice
Work is underway for the third and final section of the Opportunity Corridor Boulevard Project. Beginning Monday, May 3, 2021, Kinsman Road between Grand Avenue and Sidaway Avenue will be reduced to a single lane of traffic traveling northwest for a 60-day duration.

To view the flyer from the Ohio Department of Transportation and Kokosing Construction Company, which includes a map of the traffic pattern change, click here.

Please reach out to the District 12 Public Information Office at 216-584-2007 or with questions. For more information, visit

Update on Temporary Outdoor Dining for Restaurants

In order to better serve restaurants and their patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Cleveland has established guidelines and regulations for permitted businesses to use private parking lots, streets and on-street parking areas as outdoor restaurant spaces as part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s ReStart CLE plan. This legislation provides restaurants with additional dining space that allows them to safely operate.

Businesses will need to acquire permits for outdoor dining. Permits issued for a Temporary Expansion Area (TEA) may be revoked at any time for failure to comply with the provisions of this ordinance, the codified ordinances and applicable rules and regulations of the City of Cleveland or laws of the state of Ohio, including Ohio Department of Health (ODH) orders. Businesses must adhere to the following regulations:

  • Permit Fee Duration: A TEA permit, is valid through Nov. 1, 2021, unless terminated earlier or revoked. No fee will be required for a TEA permit application.
  • Patio Elements: An application for a Temporary Expansion Area permit shall include detailed plans drawn to scale showing the number and location of patio elements, including standard tables, chairs, and umbrella. Additional elements such as tents, generators, and other structures may require additional approvals. All elements must remain within the approved site plan area of operation.
  • Spacing Requirements: All patio furnishing must be organized to allow for appropriate social distancing between tables in compliance with ODH orders.
  • Protective Barrier Structure for patio area expansion: All expanded patio enclosure areas must contain the appropriate protection between the patio area and vehicular traffic. This will require a much stronger barrier than a typical patio enclosure. The structure must be removable at the end of business hours (if necessary) or after any designated period approved as part of the application. In the case of a full street closure, or where, in the determination of the City, additional buffers are needed, the City may provide the necessary protective barrier structure at no cost.
  • Maintenance: Permittees shall maintain the TEA in accordance with all City, County, and State laws, regulations, and orders. Permittee shall be responsible for keeping TEAs clean and safe.

To learn more about the permit application process, outdoor dining and public space typologies and outdoor dining guidelines and regulations, click here. Click here to view Outdoor Dining and Public Space Typologies.

City of Cleveland Seeks Applicants for CMSD Board Appointment​

Mayor Frank G. Jackson has announced that applications will be accepted from now until Monday, May 3, 2021 for appointment to four seats on the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Board of Education. The four seats are for expiring terms ending Wednesday, June 30, 2021. New terms will begin July 1, 2021 and expire June 30, 2025.

To be considered, applicants must be residents of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Interested parties can mail their applications to the Nominating Panel at 601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 227, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, attention Dr. Monyka Price; email to Dr. Price at; or drop off applications at City Hall. Applications must be turned in by close of business Monday, May 3, 2021.

To obtain an application please visit and or contact Dr. Price at (216) 420-8087 for more information. Applications can also be found at City of Cleveland Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Centers.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson Announces Return of the Exterior Paint Program

The City of Cleveland invites residents to take advantage of its 2021 Exterior Paint Program. Applications must be received by April 30, 2021.

The Exterior Paint Program provides paint and materials to homeowners who wish to paint the exterior of their homes. Labor is not included. The goal for 2021 is 500 homes with a total allocation of $500,000 for the program.

“The goal of this program is to help residents protect their home investments, improve housing stock in our neighborhoods and create a better, more equitable quality of life,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

Homeowners, as well as tenants, who meet income guidelines, are welcome to apply for the program. Funds cover the cost of up to $1,500 for owner occupants or up to $750 for tenants in paint and materials, though restrictions do apply. Inspections of the property must also be conducted. Applications must be received by April 30, 2021 and the painting must be completed by October 31, 2021. The Department of Community Development’s Division of Neighborhood Services administers services on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Cleveland residents can obtain applications by calling (216) 664-2045.

Exterior Paint Program Income Guidelines

1 $51,600 5 $79,600
2 $59,000 6 $85,500
3 $66,350 7 $91,400
4 $73,700 8 $97,300

Governor Dewine Announces Guidance to Vaccine Providers on Phase 1c and Phase 2

City of Cleveland Establishes Call Center to Answer General Vaccine Distribution Questions

The City of Cleveland has established a call center that is currently available to answer general questions pertaining to the City’s vaccine distribution efforts and assist eligible individuals in scheduling an appointment to receive the vaccine.   

  • Call Center Number: (216) 664-2222
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As a reminder, only individuals who meet the Ohio Department of Health’s criteria are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time. Due to limited supply, it will take time for eligible individuals to receive the vaccine. We ask for your patience. As we receive additional supply, we will be opening up additional vaccination sites and scheduling appointments for eligible individuals to receive the vaccine.

Calls Regarding COVID-19 Complaints

With the passage by Cleveland City Council of an ordinance authorizing penalties for non-compliance with Mayor Jackson’s mask mandate, enforcement is now in effect. There are two numbers Clevelanders should call regarding non-compliance:

  • Business complaints: CDPH hotline at (216) 857-7165
  • Individual or private residence complaints: Cleveland Police non-emergency line at (216) 621-1234

Cleveland City Council recently approved the mandatory use of masks in public spaces as well as certain penalties for individuals and businesses that do not comply. On July 3, Mayor Jackson signed an amended order mandating the use of masks in public in the City of Cleveland to slow the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. This includes mandatory use in bars, restaurants, shared office settings, rideshares and other shared spaces.

Citations may be issued with fines for the following:

  • Any business or person violating the mask or safe-seating order (which maintains social distancing of at least six feet between patrons) is subject to civil penalties in accordance with Ordinance No. 556-2020, specifically chapters 602 and 236.
  • Any business in the City of Cleveland with an employee who becomes ill with the coronavirus is required to immediately disinfect and sanitize the premises. Following a warning, they may be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 for the first offense and a civil penalty of $3,000 for each subsequent violation.

Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland

Click here to view previous updates.

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