HUDSON — Effective immediately, the city is closing Barlow Community Center and the community rooms available for rent in city hall out of an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus. All activities scheduled for Barlow Community Center and the city hall community rooms are canceled until further notice.

As of Friday, Barlow Community Center is still a polling place for the March 17 election. Check the Summit County Board of Elections website at https://www.summitcountyboe.gov/ for the most up-to-date information.

The city is adhering to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's request and the Ohio Department of Health recommendations that indoor gatherings in Ohio be canceled or postponed due to the potential for coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure.

While events in the community rooms have been canceled, Hudson City Hall remains open at this time.

The city is also canceling all non-essential board and committee meetings through the beginning of April. Boards and committee meetings that have been cancelled will be noted on our website calendar at www.hudson.oh.us.

"We are being proactive to help prevent any potential spread of coronavirus within our community, particularly among our elderly citizens who often use Barlow Community Center and our community rooms," said Jane Howington, City Manager.

The Hudson Police Department is implementing temporary changes to prepare for and mitigate any impact of the COVID-19 Virus on safety forces and the community. This includes limiting exposure for officers and community evaluating what services require an on-scene police presence versus those that can be handled by alternative means such as by phone. Certain calls that would be normally handled in person may now be handled and documented by an officer over the phone. This will not affect officers responding to serious calls in person and will not affect the quality or safety of services provided. The police department has also suspended fingerprinting assistance for non-criminal matters.

Residents are encouraged to avoid in-person visits to City Hall and instead use the city's online services where possible, mail, or email documents instead of bringing them to our building. Call the respective departments for specific needs or questions. Department phone numbers are available on the website at www.hudson.oh.us. Call 330-650-1799 for assistance. The City's app, Engage Hudson is another tool that can be used to communicate virtually about concerns to minimize in-person visits. The app can be downloaded at the Google Play Store, or through Apple App Store.

The city encourages residents who are not feeling well or otherwise self-quarantined to reschedule appointments for service that require city personnel to enter their residence. Appointments requiring City personnel to enter residences may be preceded by a call from City staff which may include questions about health status.

Visit the City's website for more information at www.hudson.oh.us.

If you are an event organizer who has an event scheduled at either of these locations and have questions about this closure, call 330-342-1750.