Due to the continuing global pandemic, and in accordance with the attached recommendations from the State of Ohio regarding Halloween celebrations, the City of Athens has cancelled the annual uptown Halloween Party originally scheduled for October 31, 2020. Citizens are encouraged to celebrate Halloween as described in the attached recommendations.
Both Athens and Ohio University police are actively enforcing Ohio Department of Health orders limiting gatherings and requiring facial coverings throughout the city—both on and off campus. Isolation orders issued to COVID positive individuals by the City/County Health Department are also being enforced. Failure to abide by any of these restrictions is a second degree misdemeanor. As always, nuisance party and noise violations are also being enforced and will continue to be on Halloween Weekend. Finally, Ohio University has implemented several policies that will also apply on Halloween weekend:
· Interim Policy 44.102 provides Ohio University the ability to take appropriate action to address transmittable disease, epidemics, pandemics, and other threats to the health and safety of persons associated with Ohio University. As such, the University’s Presidential Health Directives require that all students follow all local and state protocols including limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people and practicing social distancing. Any violation of these directives could result in sanctions up to and including suspension.
· OHIO has asked every member of the University community to sign-off on the OHIO pledge, indicating that they will do their part to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The pledge asks all Bobcats to commit to observe heightened health and safety precautions in the coming academic year.
· University Housing & Residence Life has restricted all guests in light of current health and safety recommendations of local, state, and national guidance. Any student found in violation of the guest policy may be found to be in violation of their housing agreement.
· University campus parking restrictions will be in place beginning Saturday, October 31 at 7 p.m. through Sunday, November 1 at 7 a.m. During this time, campus lots will close for public parking, and parking access will only be provided to faculty/staff and currently enrolled students who hold an active/valid campus parking permit approved for use through fall semester. Vehicles not displaying a valid Ohio University campus parking permit are subject to violation.
Thank you for helping to keep Athens and Ohio University safe and healthy for everyone by following the guidance of public health officials. These measures are designed to reduce transmission of the virus, especially by asymptomatic carriers who may unwittingly infect vulnerable members of our community. It’s everyone’s civic duty to protect one another and do their part to keep our community safe. We’re in this together!
Thomas D. Pyle II, CLEE
Interim Service Safety Director, Chief of Police