COVID-19 NKY Community Update: COVID-19 Responses

Updated as of 4/7/20, 10:00am 

Kroger to Limit Number of Customers in Store (April 6)- This measure was announced Monday and went into effect Tuesday, with only 50% of the building’s capacity being allowed inside at one time. Essentially, instead of one person per 60 square feet, it’ll be 1 person per 120 square feet. Kroger's new customer capacity limits joins other measures the retailer has established over the last few weeks to promote physical distancing, including the addition of plexiglass partitions and educational floor decals and airing of a healthy habits message via in-store radio to encourage customers to practice good hygiene and spatial awareness. The grocery company is also testing one-way aisles to aid in physical distancing. Read full article here 

Covington’s Gravity Diagnostics Is Newest COVID-19 Testing Facility (April 5) - During his daily 5pm update on Sunday, Governor Beshear announced an agreement the state has made with this local laboratory to increase its COVID-19 testing capacity. It’s estimated that, provided there are sufficient supplies, Gravity Diagnostics will be able to provide 2,000 coronavirus tests a day and allow the state to test outside of its “golden triangle” of population centers. Testing at this location is slated to start this week and be focused on “Tier One patients”: those with symptoms, healthcare workers, and first responders. Click here to read the full article 

Southbank Shuttle Suspends Service (April 3)- Southbank Shuttle service will stop on Monday, April 6, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) announced on Friday. The shuttering of the shuttle follows other reductions in service that TANK announced over the past two weeks as the region, like the country and the world, responds to the COVID-19 global pandemic. TANK announced earlier in March that it would suspend fares on regular buses, allowing for free ridership, while limiting entry to regular buses from the rear. TANK continues to ask all passengers to limit non-essential travel on TANK buses to allow for safe travel for those performing essential services in the community. Click the above link to read more.  

 

Updated as o4/3/20, 9:00am 

Kentucky Schools Asked to Stay Closed Until May 1Originally, Governor Beshear recommended that all school districts suspend in-person classes until March 16 but, per a conference call with the state’s superintendents yesterday, he asked them to extend that date to May 1st. He told them he’d like to re-evaluate the situation in mid-April and that for now they should assume classes will be in-person in May. However, they should also prepare for the possibility that, if Kentucky has not sufficiently flattened the curve by then, schools may have to use Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) for the remainder of the school year. Read more here. 

 

Updated as of 3/31/20, 10:00am 

Newport Payment Due Dates for Businesses Extended – To Qualify for Extension File Forms by the Customary Due Dates 

Provided by City Manager Tom Fromme 

During this time of urgency for companies and individuals conducting business in the City of Newport be advised that the City is extending the payment due date for certain license filings.  

Providing that the businesses file the appropriate forms by the customary due dates, the payment due date will be extended until July 15, 2020 for the following: 

  • Occupational License Renewal 2020-2021 
  • Commercial Rental License Renewal 2020-2021 
  • Payroll Withholding* 1st Quarter (for the period Jan. 1 – March 31, 2020) 
  • ABC Regulatory Fee 1st Quarter (for the period Jan. 1 – March 31, 2020) 

All affected businesses must still file Occupational License Returns and Commercial License Rental Forms by April 15, 2020. Quarterly Payroll Returns and ABC Regulatory Returns must be filed by April 30, 2020. 

*The extended payment due date does not apply to third-party payroll providers. 

If you have questions or concerns, you may contact the City via Finance@newportky.gov or call 859-292-3660. Click here to see an amended schedule of due dates for forms and payments. 

City website: http://www.newportky.gov/Blogs/News/Archives/2020/03/Payment-Due-Dates-for-Businesses.aspx 

 

Kenton County Fiscal Court Meeting Virtually for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meetings will be broadcast live by the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky at www.tbnk.org/togo2 or, for residents of Kenton County, on channel 204 (Spectrum) or 816 (Cincinnati Bell Fioptics). The fiscal court meets this way for the first time on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. 

Agenda related public comments and questions can be submitted to the Fiscal Court Clerk, Sue Kaiser, at Sue.Kaiser@KentonCounty.orgQuestions and comments must be submitted by noon on Tuesday, March 31st for presentation at the meeting that evening.  

 

Updated as of 3/30/20

Life Learning Center Teaming up with Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders on Alternative Sentencing (March 27)We are pleased to propel our partnership with Life Learning Center on this Alternative Sentencing initiative,” said Kenton County Attorney, Rob Sanders. “It is important for the public to know that the release of low level, non-violent offenders is being done in a safe and methodical manner. Life Learning Center is a big part of this initiative. This innovative partnership will ensure released defendants are monitored in a manner that keeps both the public and probation officers safe.” 

As of 8 a.m. Friday morning the Kenton County Detention Center jail population reduced its population from 716 to 483 in less than two weeks, according to Sanders. 

“We are pleased to partner with Rob Sanders on this initiative and look forward to assisting in transitioning many of these new candidates to reach their highest potential by finding a living-wage career,” stated Alecia Webb-Edgington, President of Life Learning Center. “We are following all protocols as set before us by the CDC and Governor of our Commonwealth by utilizing remote virtual learning during this pandemic.” 

Life Learning Center continues to provide nationally recognized curriculum virtually, via Zoom mobile platform utilizing their cadre of volunteer faculty.The organization’s 12-week education and care continuum focuses on addressing barriers in all domains of life:  physical, relational, spiritual, financial and emotional. In addition to life skill training, the care continuum provides resources such as legal aid, food assistance, mental health counseling and more. 

For more information, click here. 

 

 

Campbell County Library is closed until further notice and has cancelled all programming through May.  

Campbell Extension Offers Trails Passport to Get Outside AND Social Distance In the spirit of  social distancing while also trying to enjoy spring, the Campbell County Extension office has just launched a website which provides a list of maps of all the county’s trails, most of which remain open. The maps give great detail and even show difficulty. Click here to see the Extension Office’s page with more details on the maps. 

 

Kenton County Fiscal Court announced March 27 that it’s bi-montlhy Fiscal Court meetings will no longer be held in person but will instead be held virtually. Meetings will be broadcasted live at www.tbnk.org/togo2 during the scheduled meeting time. The next Fiscal Court Meeting is being held on March 31st at 5:30 PM. To view the agenda, visit: https://www.kentoncounty.org/AgendaCenterThe Fiscal Court also reminded its residents that while they should take advantage of the nice weather to exercise and enjoy time outside, activities should still reflect social distancing and only passive activity is allowed in all parks.  

 

Campbell County Fiscal Court Updates List of Limited ServicesPlease continue to visit www.campbellcountyky.gov for the most up to date service delivery information. If you need immediate assistance during normal business hours, please call 859-292-3838. 

AJ Jolly Golf Course: Closed until further notice.   

Parks: Beginning March 23, 2020 AJ Jolly Park, Morscher Park, and Pendery Park are open to the public for passive recreation at no charge. All camping & shelter reservations are suspended until further notice, and there are no bicycle or watercraft rentals or use of playground equipment or picnic shelters. Bathhouses will remain closed, however portable facilities are available. Residents MUST practice social distancing or parks will close. Sports Leagues will make their own decisions regarding practices and games, please contact them directly with scheduling questions.   

Police DepartmentIn an effort to reduce the risk to our officers and the community, officers may be utilizing the phone to call back citizens on non-emergency calls for service. Our officers will continue to respond if needed due to the nature of the call, or if the caller would rather not give the information over the phone. Contact the Dispatch Center at 859-292-3622 for non-emergency calls or 911 for emergencies.  

Senior Center: Closed until further notice. Look for virtual classes on the Senior Center Facebook page beginning the week of March 30th.   

 

Updated 3/27/20

“Healthy at Home” is one of our most important tools- as noted by the NKY Health Department’s District Director, Dr. Lynne Saddler. This is part of the statewide movement to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19. This is especially important as there are now 248 confirmed cases in the state and nineteen cases confirmed in NKY: 12 in Kenton, 4 in Boone, and 3 in Campbell. It’s assumed that there many more unconfirmed cases already active in these communities. 

Kentucky Cancels K-Prep Testing for 19/20 school year- The state’s Department of Education late last week that it would allow schools across Kentucky to bypass the school year’s annual standardized testing, which is usually done in the last 14 days of the term’s classes. So far, in-person classes have only been called off through April 20th but Governor Beshear has indicated that it is likely to extend later.  

Newport Aquarium extends closure date- Previously set for re-opening March 28th, the Aquarium has opted to shift the date to mid-May or soon after in light of the heightening threat of COVID-19. It will also be extending its annual passholders by the number the number of days that it remains closed, and will add additional benefits to be announced later. 

 

Updated 3/25/20

NKY Convention Center Opening Doors to Help Homeless (3/24)- A solution was found soon after the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky announced it would have to close for at least two weeks because of an inability to enforce social distancingWith great collaboration, the Convention Center was able to welcome its guests from the shelter to an open, compliant space by Saturday evening. There has also been collaboration with other social services agencies like Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Brighton Center, and others to meet the needs of the NKY Community. The shelter is asking for financial contributions: emergencyshelternky.org/help-out/donate/. 

Mayor of Walton Makes Candid Plea for Residents to Take COVID-19 Seriously (3/24) 

Kenton County has suspended its “big blue bin” recycling drop-off locations but has opted to keep its parks open to passive recreation, though restrooms will be closed.  

Additional City ClosuresLudlow, Bromley, and Newport have closed all their city parks to the public. Covington has sent home non-essential personnel in City Hall. 

 

Updated as of 3/23/20, 10:00am 

 

Governor Closes Non-Essential Retail to Public as of 8pm 3/23 and Urges “Healthy at Home” as of Sunday, March 22nd  

  • DOES include entertainment, sporting goods, clothing, jewelry, florists, and book stores, as well as auto dealers 
  • NOT include grocery stores, drug stores, liquor stores, gas stations, auto repair/parts shops, and hardware stores 
  • Will allow continued curb-side pick-up and delivery options but public can no longer set foot in these stores 
  • “Healthy At Home” order will still allow Kentuckians to go out to get essentials at the grocery/drug stores and exercise while practicing social distancing  

 

Now Available- SBA Disaster Assistance Loans (March 21) 

Governor Beshear announced the state has qualified for U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance. With that certification now in place, small businesses, for-profit contractors and private non-profits anywhere in Kentucky that have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for low-interest SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans applications can be completed and filed online at www.sba.gov/disaster. The SBA is also mobilizing call centers to assist in the loan-application process. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.govTo view a copy of the SBA fact sheet, click here. 

      List SBA Loan Documents: 

  1. Summary- SBA Disaster Assistance Loan 
  2. Application for SBA Disaster Business Loan 
  3. SBA Fee disclosure form and compensation agreement  
  4. Disaster Home/Sole Proprietor Loan Application 
  5. Instructions for Completing the IRS Tax Authorization Form 4505-T 
  6. 4505-T Form- Request for Transcript of Tax Return 
  7. SBA Additional Filing Requirements- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan (MREIDL) 
  8. Schedule of Liabilities Form 
  9. Personal Financial Statement Disaster Programs Form 

 

TANK Offering Free Fares on Limited Route Schedule 

Starting Monday, TANK will be operating on a limited schedule but will allow boarding through rear-door only. It will also be suspending ride fares until further notice.  

The following routes will operate on its Sunday schedule every day:1 Dixie Highway3 Ludlow 5 City Heights, 7 Latonia, 8 Eastern Avenue, 12 Bellevue/Dayton, 16 West Newport/NKU, 25 Southgate/Alexandria, 33  Thomas More Parkway/Crestview Hills, and  Southbank ShuttleRoutes #9 Taylor Mill/Independence and #11 Ft. Thomas do not operate Sunday service and will not run during this time. 

TANK's headquarters in Ft. Wright will be closed to the general public starting on Friday. For route and schedule information visit www.tankbus.orgLive agents will be available online for chats, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

The Call Center “331-TANK” line will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

 

Response from Local Utilities 

Cincinnati Bell- is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and taken steps to prepare for and prevent the virus’ spread. It has also created a special site for the community that provides important and regularly updated information about our business continuity efforts and safety measures that we’ve established. 

SD1- Offering Positivity, Patience in Response to COVID-19 

In an effort to promote health and safety, as well as to ease the difficulties of its customers in an increasingly uncertain time, NKY’s Sanitation District No.1 has made several key policy changes: closure of lobby to the public and the suspension of late fees, penalties, and water shutoffs for nonpayment. 

Reminders from SD1- 

  • Payment options- online, automated system by phone, mail, drop box, and Wal-Mart, Kroger, and BB&T locations 
  • Household plumbing systems only equipped for water, human waste, and toilet paper; avoid flushing baby wipes and other paper products.  

“We know our customers have a lot on their minds right now, so we’ve made some changes to lessen the economic impact,” Chaney said. “We are all in this together, and SD1 is doing everything we can to help.” For more information about how to protect and maintain your private sewer lateral, visit http://www.sd1.org/ProjectsandPrograms/PrivateLateralRepairProgram.aspx. 

Spectrum- Parent Company, Charter Communications, offering free access to Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for new K-12 and college student households. This applies to those who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Installation fees will be waived for new households and to enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Charter plans to work in collaboration with school districts and open its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use in order to ensure communities have the necessary internet coverage to meet the needs of students now learning remotely. This plan should ensure reliable connectivity for more than 29 million customers across 41 states.  

Duke Energy- Released a statement on March 15th stating that it will continue to staff its power plants and electricity and natural gas delivery facilities and outlined the following additional measures to protect its clients and employees:  

  • Duke Energy will not disconnect any customer’s service for non-payment, in order to give customers experiencing financial hardship extra time to make payments. The company will continue to read meters and send bills. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off later. 
  • Duke Energy technicians will continue to respond to power outages and other emergencies and company technicians will continue to complete service orders – such as new electric connections and requested disconnections. 
  • Services that are not urgent or time-sensitive but require in-person customer contact by Duke Energy employees, will be rescheduled. Duke Energy will contact customers to reschedule those appointments. 

 

Updated as of 3/20/20, 10:00am 

Covington Declares State of Emergency 

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer declared a State of Emergency in the city Thursday, March 20th in order to take necessary action to protect its people during the COVID-19 pandemic. This declaration streamlines normal processes for quick action and allows for special abilities, specifically regarding the allocation of public funds, rental of equipment, use of volunteers, imposing a city-wide curfew, and more. Mayor Meyer outlined a few planned executive orders to combat the crisis, including making Assistant City Manager Bruce Applegate the city’s coronavirus pandemic coordinator and giving small businesses a 90-day grace period to pay tax obligations.  

 

What does a Shelter-in-Place" order look like?  

As COVID-19 spreads across the US, Kentucky has a vantage point through which to see what’s coming as other states with more cases handle the pandemic’s spread. Several counties in California have already enacted a “Shelter-in-Place" order for all its citizens. Julia Fair from The Enquirer recently explained what it means as discussions around it start in Ohio. She answers many Frequently Asked Questions about what a typical order of this nature looks like, including: Can I leave my house (yes but restricted), What about non-essential business,” and is there punishment for ignoring the order (think fines) 

 

Response from Local Utilities 

SD1Offering Positivity, Patience in Response to COVID-19 

In an effort to promote health and safety, as well as to ease the difficulties of its customers in an increasingly uncertain time, NKY’s Sanitation District No.1 has made several key policy changes: closure of lobby to the public and the suspension of late fees, penalties, and water shutoffs for nonpayment. 

Reminders from SD1- 

  • Payment options- online, automated system by phone, mail, drop box, and Wal-Mart, Kroger, and BB&T locations 
  • Household plumbing systems only equipped for water, human waste, and toilet paper; avoid flushing baby wipes and other paper products.  

“We know our customers have a lot on their minds right now, so we’ve made some changes to lessen the economic impact,” Chaney said. “We are all in this together, and SD1 is doing everything we can to help.” For more information about how to protect and maintain your private sewer lateral, visit http://www.sd1.org/ProjectsandPrograms/PrivateLateralRepairProgram.aspx. 

 

Spectrum- Parent Company, Charter Communications, offering free access to Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for new K-12 and college student households. This applies to those who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Installation fees will be waived for new households and to enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Charter plans to work in collaboration with school districts and open its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use in order to ensure communities have the necessary internet coverage to meet the needs of students now learning remotely. This plan should ensure reliable connectivity for more than 29 million customers across 41 states.  

 

Duke Energy- Released a statement on March 15th stating that it will continue to staff its power plants and electricity and natural gas delivery facilities and outlined the following additional measures to protect its clients and employees:  

  • Duke Energy will not disconnect any customer’s service for non-payment, in order to give customers experiencing financial hardship extra time to make payments. The company will continue to read meters and send bills. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off later. 
  • Duke Energy technicians will continue to respond to power outages and other emergencies and company technicians will continue to complete service orders – such as new electric connections and requested disconnections. 
  • Services that are not urgent or time-sensitive but require in-person customer contact by Duke Energy employees, will be rescheduled. Duke Energy will contact customers to reschedule those appointments. 

 

Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way Greater Cincinnati Launch COVID-19 Regional Response Fund 

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation & United Way of Greater Cincinnati have come together to launch the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. Its goal is to provide support for local nonprofits that assist in our region’s most vulnerable in securing food, housing and shelter, medical care, childcare, and eldercare. Learn more here or click to donate 

 

Kentucky State Parks Take Precautions 

While all of Kentucky’s state parks remain open to the public during this time, all lounges and bars will be closed, food services will be limited to carry out, and all scheduled park events through April 30th have been cancelled or postponed. Park visitors are encouraged to check the Kentucky State Parks website for information relating to park services and hours of operation prior to visit. For information about Kentucky’s state parks, visit https://parks.ky.gov 

 

Delays in 2020 Census Outreach to Communities 

There are many chronically undercounted communities in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  The best method to reach under-counted areas is face-to-face interaction in the form of door-to-door Census takers there to ease concerns and assist with filling out the form. However, in the face of COVID-19, coordinated efforts in the region to reach these communities are being delayed for everyone’s health and safety. While respondents are still able to file the 2020 Census online, by mail, and by phone, there are great concerns that populations will continue to be undercounted without face-to-face contact. Currently, Cincinnati city officials hope outreach will resume on April 1st.   

 

____________________________Updated 3/18/20_________________________________ 

 

NKY Cities Buildings Closed to the PublicFort ThomasCovingtonNewport, DaytonBellevue 

 

NKU has launched a Student Emergency Fund to reduce student anxiety during a difficult Any student can use the resource to reduce a financial barrier associated with life circumstances during the COVID-19 outbreak, including: 

  • Providing food, toiletries and fundingnecessarymedications; 
  • Aiding in any educational-related expensesas NKU moves to onlineclasses; 
  • Assisting students who may need to travelhome or to and fromwork; 
  • Helping cover unmet financial costsdue to loss of employment; and
  • Supplementing student wagesunable to be earned due to closures.

NKU has immediately begun raising the funds and students can apply now. To learn more, click here 

 

St. Elizabethis restricting visitors to all hospital locations, suspending volunteers, and cancelling elective surgeries until further notice. 

 

Churches 

Diocese of Covingtonhas canceled all daily and weekend masses in every church, chapel, and religious house in the Diocese. All public forms of worship are suspended indefinitely, except for funeral/burial services and already scheduled weddings which will all be limited to a maximum of 10 people (including the priest). All parish meetings and socials of all kinds (including fish frys) are canceled. Parish priests are advised to provide the faithful with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for a brief period each day. Attendees are directed to practice social distancing. 

7 Hills Church- all church services are suspended until further notice.  

Christ’s Chapel Assembly of God- services for March 14th-15th were cancelled but the congregation was encouraged to stream online. The status of future services TBA.  

Crossroads Church- all Crossroads buildings are closed until further notice.  

First Church of Christ- services have been suspended until further notice. 

 

Athletic Events 

SECMarch 17th officially suspends all its remaining athletic events, practices, and meetings until at least April 15th. This conference includes the University of Kentucky.  

KHSAA- March 12th, declared effective immediately, all sports and sport-activities, regardless of season, are declared to be in a dead period, congruent with the provisions of Bylaw 24. This prohibition extends through Sunday, April 12th. Prior to April 11th, and in consultation with the Governor, Public Health Officials and the Kentucky Department of Education, an evaluation will be made for the period going forward.  

NCAA- March 12th, cancelled remaining winter and spring championships.  

Thomas More University (NAIA and mid-Southern conference)- March 12th, NAIA cancelled men and women’s basketball championships and on the same day the Mid-South Conference officials announced March the suspension of all athletic events through the end of March, at which time the matter will assessed. The decision comes based on the continuing developments across the landscape of athletics from the effects of COVID-19. 

 

Kentucky Derby postponed until September 5th and discussions underway regarding a corresponding delay of the Preakness Stakes to keep the sequence of races intact. 

 

__________________________Updated 3/17/20_______________________________ 

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet 

Gov. Beshear is waiving the waiting period for unemployment for those who are losing their jobs because of COVID-19 and will waive any work-search requirements while Kentucky’s state of emergency is in effect. 

“We know the steps we are taking are going to cause people to lose their jobs,” Gov. Beshear said. “We want you to be able to qualify for unemployment and we don’t want to create impediments that keep you from being able to get through this. We are going to make sure we get through this together.” 

The Kentucky Career Center provides unemployment services when employees become unemployed at no fault of their own. Those workers can receive a small amount of money to help them make ends meet during unemployment. That money comes from unemployment insurance. Unemployment insurance is funded by payroll taxes. To file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits, the job seeker must be separated from your employment or experience a reduction in their work hours. 

Resources: 

 

YMCA Offering Childcare Option for Hospital/Emergency Personnel 

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is offering a Kids Camp for children (potty-trained, ages 3-12) of hospital/emergency personnel at many of their Ohio and Kentucky locations. Children will participate in a variety of activities provided by YMCA staff so that these essential personnel are able to assist the community at this critical time with peace of mind. 

  • HOURS: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hours may vary based on need of 1st shift hospital personnel 
  • PRICING: $165/week* or $35/day** 
    *Partial scholarships or subsides may be available, check with the local branch for details 
    **Please contact Kentucky branches for daily program pricing 
  • REGISTRATION: Contact your local YMCA that is offering this program option. Space is limited, registrations will be first come, first serve. Proof of employment must be provided upon first check-in. Click here for the registration form. 

 

County Clerks 

Please note that the Kentucky Secretary of State, Michael Adams, has officially delayed the state’s primary election from May 19 to June 23rd. 

As of March 16/17th, the County Clerk offices of  BooneKenton, and Campbell Counties are closed to the public until further notice. Some services will still be available online or over the phone or by mail- such as renewing car tags, paying delinquent taxes, voter registration, handicap placards. The following services have been suspended until further notice: vehicle transfers, marriage licenses/copies, and notary licenses.   

If you need to update your voter registration, you may do so online at https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/govotekyYou can also download a voter registration card from the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ky.gov or on the clerk’s website. 

 

County Administration Buildings 

Boone- As of March 17th, face to face interaction between the public and county staff will be restricted at the County Administration Building, Public Works, Animal Shelter, Parks, Ferguson Center, County Attorney and Child Support. Staff are available to assist via phone or e-mail. 

  • PVA Office- closed to public until further notice. Staff are available to assist via phone or e-mail. 
  • Animal Shelter- suspended surrenders and adoptions. In an emergency, please contact the shelter. A new process for adoptions will be made available soon. A donation box is available outside the shelter during normal operating hours.  
  • Golf Courses- remain open with enhanced cleaning protocols in place. 

 

Kenton- Effective March 16, both the Covington and Independence Fiscal Court locations will be closed to the public.  

Additional county services affected 

  • County Animal Services- closed to public. Not accepting relinquished animals or providing adoptions services. Animal Control Officers taking only emergency calls. 
  • Public Works- campus closed to general public until further notice. 
  • Parks and Rec- office closed to general public, all programs cancelled until further notice. 

Campbell- Public services offered at the Newport, Fiscal Court building: Housing Assistance On site appointments will cease until further notice. Office for Occupational Tax is closed to the public until further notice but Returns and applications should be completed and mailed according to the instructions on each individual form. The Planning & Zoning office is closed to the public but the department staff will be working during the closure and can be best reached by emailing pzadmin@campbellcountyky.gov. Please submit items digitally to this email whenever possible.  

Additional county services affected: 

  • AJ Jolly Golf Course- closed.  
  • Animal Shelter- closed to public. Not accepting relinquished animals. Re-claims and adoptions by appointment only. 
  • Senior Center- closed. 
  • Parks- starting March 23, 2020 AJ Jolly Park, Morscher Park, and Pendery Park will be open to the public for passive recreation at no charge. All camping & shelter reservations are suspended until further notice, and there are no bicycle or watercraft rentals. Bathhouses will remain closed, however portable facilities are available. Residents are encouraged to practice social distancing while enjoying the parks. 

 

Entertainment/Venues 

Newport Aquariumclosed and hopes to reopen March 28th 

Behringer-Crawford Museumclosed March 14th and hopes to reopen April 7th  

Creation Museum/Ark Encountersclosed starting March 17th and hopes to reopen April 2nd 

Florence Y’Alls- will tentatively start their season May 3rd and host their first home game May 14th  

Cincinnati Zoo- is temporarily closed and all programming cancelled until April 5th. For kids stuck at home, they are offering a Home Safari through Facebook Live each weekday at 3 p.m. ET which will highlight an animal and provide at-home activities.  

Northern Kentucky Convention Centerpublic events postponed and will be rescheduled.   

BB&T Arena - BB&T Arena continues to closely monitor the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) globally and any potential impact it may have on day-to-day operations. In response to growing awareness and concern, the BB&T Arena continues to follow the precautionary guidelines of the CDC and other public health organizations. 

BB Riverboats closed until further notice per order from Gov. Beshear 

Cincinnati Museum Centerclosed March 14th and monitoring the situation before setting a re-open date.  

Hiltonupdated cancellation policy and enhanced cleaning procedures. 

Newport on the Levee- currently operating; taking precautionary measures. AMC Theatres is closed for six weeks.  

PromoWest/AEG- Due to the recent large gatherings mandate by The State of Ohio, shows at the following venues have been impacted: EXPRESS LIVE!, Newport Music Hall, A&R Music Bar, The Basement 

Best Western Cincinnati Riverfront -  currently providing modified breakfast offerings, such as “grab and go bags” or “individually wrapped” breakfast items. 

Marriott Cincinnati Airportupdated cancellation policy and enhanced cleaning procedures. 

 

Libraries: 

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) has suggested that all libraries in the state close for two weeks in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. They are taking the following measures out of consideration for the health and safety of patrons and staff. Reminder, all branches do provide patrons free online access to e-books. 

Boone- closed all locations at end of business Friday, March 13th. The closure could last until April 11th. The library is asking customers not to return books and other items until April 11th. Fines will be suspended through April 11th. 

Kenton- Closed beginning Friday, March 13th at the end of regular business hours through Sunday, March 22nd, at which time the situation will be re-assessed. No fines will be accrued during closure. Due dates for checked out items will be extended through the duration of the epidemic. Do not feel obligated to return library items during the closure. Items that have been and will be returned will be quarantined for three days. 

Campbell- Starting March 13th, all Campbell County Public Library locations are closed through Sunday, March 29th. They are not accepting any item donations at this time, fines are suspended now through April 18th, return item bins at branches remain open if patrons would like to return items, but they will not incur fines if past the due date. All holds will remain as is until they  reopen buildings. 

 

Schools 

March 12th, Governor Beshear encouraged all public and private schools to cease in-person instruction until at least the end of March. He left some flexibility for how schools should handle keeping cafeterias open for students to receive free/reduced lunches.  

Ceasing in-person instruction and implementing alternative/non-traditional instruction (NTI) methods: 

Post-secondary: 

Gateway Community and Technical College- online classes currently in progress will continue as usual. Second 8-week online classes will start Monday, March 16th as planned. All face-to-face and hybrid courses delivered on campus will be cancelled March 16th and 17th and will be transitioning to online delivery. Converted face-to-face and hybrid courses will start on March 18th. All Gateway Campuses will remain open during this period. Gateway hopes to resume face-to-face and hybrid classes by April 6th but will ultimately determine by April 2nd 

Northern Kentucky Universityannounced that face-to-face classes will move to alternative instruction. Spring break will be extended an extra week for those enrolled in full-semester courses, set to resume with online instruction March 23rdSeven-week accelerated online classes will begin as usual on March 16th. Seven-week face to face courses will now be taught online and will begin on March 23rd. 

Thomas More University- extending spring break for most students through Sunday, March 22nd and shifting to remote learning using Canvass for all classes beginning Monday, March 23rd. Classes that are already online and for graduate 8-week courses that begin on Monday, March 16th will continue as scheduled but those courses will be exclusively online – faculty members will be in touch with additional details. Courses will remain in a remote learning format until further notice, though we expect to resume in-person classes by early- to mid-April. 

 

Congressional Offices 

All Washington, D.C. offices – Suspension of public tours and non-official access to the Capitol complex through the end of March.  

Local NKY Congressional Offices: Currently staying open but encourage visitors to call ahead. 

 

Court Houses  

The chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court has taken the historic step of ordering the state’s court system to mostly shut down from Monday, March 16th, through April 10th. 

The emergency order, which was signed by Chief Justice John Minton, aims to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus and "protect the health and safety of court employees, elected officials and the general public."  

The order postpones all criminal and civil dockets except for "emergency matters." Among the exceptions are motions for bond by inmates, evidentiary hearings in criminal cases and domestic violence hearings. 

Any trials currently ongoing will be allowed to be completed, although the presiding judge has the authority to postpone. Everything else will be rescheduled. 

 

Jails  

Governor Beshear has closed all state prisons to visitors.  KY Justice Cabinet Secretary Mary Noble said this policy will be in place as long as necessary, "but not a day longer." 

She said prisoners will be allowed a free phone call each week and there will be some changes with social media interactions.  

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