Mayor Gives Pandemic Response Update


At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, May 18, 2020 Mayor Forthofer updated the Council on the City of Vermilion’s pandemic response.

According to the mayor, the Valleyview Pool opening is being reviewed by the Parks & Rec Department. They will make a recommendation. The mayor will decide on safe pool activity after that recommendation. 

The May 12th opening of retail establishments was only partially observed by some merchants. Most retail establishments remained closed on the 15th re-opening day. Several commented that they are still establishing a protocol that allows them to comply with ‘safe’ operation and will open after they have that process refined. 

City Hall departments will be back in the offices by June 1. The City will also be opening City Hall to the public under as many safety protocols as it can enforce.

As mayor and Safety Director, the mayor announced that the City of Vermilion will not allow parades, public gatherings, fireworks, Third Thursday, or festivals during the month of June 2020. This includes the Fish Festival, though the Chamber of Commerce may see if it can reschedule the festival later in the summer...Governor’s orders permitting. 

The mayor has had conversations with Governor DeWine's Liaison and the Erie County Health Department. The Governor's current orders are clear. No parades. No public gatherings of ten people or more. Mayor Forthofer plans to review the Governor’s orders monthly. His hope is that the Governor’s orders may be amended and Vermilionites could still enjoy summer activities later in the season...safety permitting.