Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health extended a Stay at Home Advisory through Jan. 2, according to a press release shared today, Dec. 17.
The advisory began Nov. 20, and was extended because of high case numbers and community spread, and coincides with Gov. Mike DeWine’s 10 p.m. curfew.
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According to the release, residents are advised to stay home “to the greatest extent possible,” and to only leave home for work, school, or essential things such as medical care, groceries, medicine, and food.
Residents are also advised to refrain from entertaining guests in their homes unless they are essential workers, including for the holidays, and are urged to limit indoor and outdoor meetings and social events to 10 people or less.
“While the vaccine gives us long-term hope in our battle against COVID-19, we must do our best today to protect those close to us, slow the spread and save lives,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther in a prepared statement.
The advisory will remain in effect until Jan. 2 or until both the city and county health departments determine a chance is appropriate.