Mayor Restricts Public Events To 10 Or Less People On City Property, COVID-19 Cases Double In Past Couple Of Weeks


At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020 Mayor Forthofer stated Vermilion’s cases of COVID-19 are still low, but we have doubled in just the past couple weeks.

“Erie County has a relatively low case number compared to the state, but county new cases have gone up in multiples,” said the mayor. “We are right next to two of the most afflicted counties in Ohio: Huron, and Lorain. Reckless, noncompliant participation at public events is to blame. Because of resurgence of the virus, I will further restrict public events.”

“The Beach Market, scheduled for next month in Sherod Park, was told to cancel by the Erie County Health Department,” stated the mayor. “The organizer, Ann Naugle, was exceedingly diligent about coordinating with the Health Department. The size of the event was estimated to be 500.”

The mayor said every other scheduled or proposed event in town the remainder of this year would likely be larger than the Beach Market.

“The Administration will not support any outdoor event on City property over 10 people until further notice,” said Mayor Forthofer.

Several groups have voluntarily cancelled their events. The Chamber of Commerce prepared a notification for their Woollybear partners and vendors.