Cuyahoga County, Cleveland issue stay-at-home advisory effective Wednesday night through Dec. 17

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 09:22:57-05

CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland have issued a stay-at-home advisory that will take effect on Wednesday night, one day ahead of a statewide curfew that begins on Thursday at 10 p.m.

Mayor Frank Jackson said the stay-at-home advisory for the county and the City of Cleveland will last through Dec. 17 at 12:01 a.m.

Neither Jackson nor County Executive Armond Budish specified what time this advisory would go into effect, nor did they offer much time to the media, leaving many questions unanswered. If you have questions you'd like us to ask as we continue to report this story, email us at

The advisory will not be enforced by police.

As explained in Resolution No. 2020-143, the advisory details the following:

General Advisory

  • Residents are advised to only leave your home to go to work or school or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, purchasing essential items from a grocery store or pharmacy, picking up prepared food, or receiving deliveries.
  • Residents are asked to avoid traveling out of the state and forgo having guests in their homes during the upcoming holiday season.

Adhere to current orders
All orders set forth by Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health shall continue to be enforced and adhere to be all residents.

Advisory on indoor and outdoor meetings and social events
Any public or private gathering shall be limited to no more than 10 people. This applies to outdoor and indoor events, weddings and parties.

Private gatherings
Residents are strongly advised not to conduct or attend any indoor gatherings with guests who are not members of their household in a home or place of residence. A virtual gathering is recommended.

Response to illness and exposure-isolation and quarantine
Residents exhibiting any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 must shelter in their place of residence. They shall not go totheir workplace or congregate setting and shall only leave their place of residence to seek necessary clinical care or for essential life-sustaining needs like medicine or food.

Employers and Schools
Employers are strongly encouraged to identify and accommodate as many employees as possible to work from home during this time. All businesses and local governments are advised to transition to online format.

“We know it’s a burden and will require residents to voluntarily comply with this order," Jackson said.

"We want you to stay home to the greatest extent possible," said Terry Allan, Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner.

Budish said the county is not asking the sheriff's office or police to enforce the curfew. He said it's on residents to take responsibility and abide by the curfew.

A state curfew is set to begin on Thursday night, but as of Wednesday afternoon the state has only provided the public with a press release, not the details of the order itself.


Cleveland reported 189 new cases, bringing its total to 8,673.

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