STOW —  Mayor John Pribonic announced Friday that the city will extend its State of Emergency declaration through May 31 amid the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An extension was deemed necessary to align with state and federal government guidelines for social distancing.

The State of Emergency first went into effect on March 19.

"As a community, we have come together in so many ways," said Pribonic. "One of the most important things we have done for our neighbors has been staying home and helping to flatten the coronavirus curve. By extending the current State of Emergency, we will continue to ensure that the safety and well-being of our residents remains our top priority."

Per the order, all government buildings will remain closed to the public through May 31. The city is asking that residents conduct business, such as filing taxes, paying water bills and requesting permits, via the city’s website or over the phone. All city departments can be reached at 330-689-2700.

In addition to all public buildings, the city has also closed its public playgrounds to be in accordance with the social distancing guidelines set forth by federal and state governments as well as local boards of health.

Canceled events and programs include the city’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Safety Town, Team Up 2 Clean Up and the Stow Tree Festival. Final decisions on other traditional community events will be made in the near future.

All summer recreational programs have been canceled in their traditional form, including Silver Springs Day Camp, Community Gardens Program, Community Bus Trips, Senior Programs and events, Adult Exercise and Dance and Youth Sports. Amenities continue to be closed, including Bow Wow Beach, Silver Springs Campground, playgrounds, tennis courts and Stow Senior Center through May 31, at which time officials will re-evaluate.

These are precautionary measures taken to comply with state and federal mandates as well as to protect the health and safety of residents, employees and visitors.

To stay up to date on all city updates regarding COVID-19, as well as any other city information, visit stowohio.org.