What is the City of Blue Ash doing to combat the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

NOTE: This page will be updated as the City of Blue Ash evaluates its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Scroll down to see the latest information. 

For the latest information from County, State, and National officials on COVID-19:

  • (Updated March 18, 2021) Do you have past due water charges from between 3/1/20 and 9/30/20? The Greater Cincinnati Water Works is encouraging you to apply for the Economic Hardship Water Debt Forgiveness Program.  Find out more and apply: https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/water/
  • (Updated March 16, 2021) Hamilton County Commissioners have launched 513Relief.org to help those struggling to pay bills, find work, feed their families, and find vaccination sites. 
  • (Updated March 15, 2021) Struggling to find a vaccine location or make an appointment? Try vaccinefinder.orggettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov, and the ArmorVax app. 
  • NOTE: On Friday, March 12, 2021, 700WLW erroneously reported that the Blue Ash Recreation Center is a vaccine location. The Recreation Center is not a vaccine site and there are no plans to host vaccine services at this time. We apologize for the confusion.
  • (Updated January 20, 2021) Hamilton County vaccine information and registration: www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org
  • https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/
  • https://www.cdc.gov/
  • Call the Ohio Department of Health hotline 1-833-ASK-ODH (open from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.) 
  • Sign up for ALERT-HC text alerts here: http://alerthc.org/

Trick-or-Treat will be held in the City of Blue Ash on October 31, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Read more.

Police and Fire Open House Events
(Updated September 11, 2020) Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns and to keep guests and employees safe, the Blue Ash Police Department Open House scheduled for September 16, 2020, and the Fire Department Open House on October 6, 2020, have been canceled. 

Travel Advisory
(Updated July 22, 2020) 
Governor Mike DeWine has issued a travel advisory for all individuals coming into Ohio from states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 and recommends that those individuals self-quarantine for 14 days. See the map here.

Mask Orders 
(Updated July 22, 2020)
Governor Mike DeWine has issued a statewide mask order. It goes into effect July 23, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.  twitter.com/GovMikeDeWine/status/1286001166086811648
(Updated July 9, 2020) 
To decrease the spread of COVID-19, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a new public health order requiring people to wear masks in public spaces in Hamilton County, which includes the City of Blue Ash. In accordance with the Governor’s order which went into effect on July 8, 2020, the City of Blue Ash is requiring masks within City buildings and facilities, with few exceptions.  Read more.
(Updated July 7, 2020) Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that masks will be required in Hamilton County due to COVID-19. The order goes into effect on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Read more.

Rent and utility payment resources 
(Updated July 22, 2020) Please click here for information regarding services to help those struggling to pay bills due to COVID-19.

City Council 
(Updated May 3, 2020) 
Click here for the latest information about specific upcoming meetings.
Click here to view the PDF Guide to Meeting in City Council Chambers.

Board of Zoning Appeals/ Board of Site Arrangement
(Updated June 3, 2020) 
The Board of Zoning Appeals and Board of Site Arrangement meetings are resuming on June 8, 2020, in Council Chambers.  Please click here to view the PDF Guide to Meeting in City Council Chambers.

Parks and Recreation and Blue Ash Events
(Updated June 30, 2020)  
As of July 1, 2020, the City of Blue Ash is reverting to standard timelines and fees for parades and/or assemblages and permit applications for these events.  
This is due to the increase in COVID-19 cases as well as costs to the City (approximately $10,000) as a result of recent assemblies.
If you contacted the City prior to July 1, 2020, about a planned parade or assembly, the City will honor the pre-negotiated timelines and fees.
The standard timeline to submit a permit request for a parade and/or assemblage is at least 60 days, but not more than 180 days, prior to the proposed event. The host/organizer must submit a request to hold an event by filling out the form at this link: https://form.jotform.com/92884854413164 or by contacting Susan Trammel, Parks and Recreation Administrative Assistant, via email at strammel@blueash.com or by phone at (513)-745-8523. After the initial request is made, the host/organizer will be given a City of Blue Ash Parade and/or Assemblage Permit Application form to complete.
In accordance with Chapter 309 of the Blue Ash Codified Ordinances, you will be contacted within thirty days of the filing date of the application, but no less than fourteen days prior to the event date, with a decision on the issuance or denial of a permit.
The cost for City services along with insurance certificate requirements will be provided with the notification of approval of the permit. These fees are to be paid prior to the issuance of the permit.
If you have questions, contact Susan Trammel via email at strammel@blueash.com or by phone at (513)-745-8523.
(Updated June 10, 2020) Playgrounds, park restrooms and the Recreation Center are now open.  Read more.  Please click here for the latest information on the opening of the Recreation Center, pool and more. 
(Updated April 3, 2020)  Check this link for more Parks and Recreation COVID-19 updates, and scheduled opening dates. 
(Updated April 2, 2020) Click here to read a message from Parks and Recreation Director Brian Kruse.
Red, White & Blue Ash  (Updated May 7, 2020) For the health and safety of residents, guests, vendors and employees, the City of Blue Ash is announcing the difficult decision to cancel Red, White & Blue Ash on July 4, 2020, at Summit Park. Due to the uncertainty over the spread of the coronavirus and future statewide orders for large gatherings, it was necessary to cancel the event earlier, rather than later, for the best interest of attendees, employees, sponsors and vendors. Read more at blueashevents.com.
(Updated April 8, 2020)  Event cancellations and layoffs announced. Please click here for information.
Memorial Day
In lieu of an in-person 68th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, the City of Blue Ash Parks and Recreation Department commissioned a tribute video to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, including a young soldier from Blue Ash. Read more. The full video will be posted on Memorial Day, May 25, at the time the parade typically begins at 10:15 a.m. View the full video at that time at www.blueash.com, or on the City’s YouTubeFacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts.
Summer Concert Series cancellations 
(Updated June 3, 2020) The City of Blue Ash Parks and Recreation Department has announced the cancellation of concerts through the month of June.  This is due to a statewide health order that extends the closure of concert halls and other entertainment venues through July 1, 2020. Read more.
(Updated May 29, 2020) Summit Park's restaurants are open.  Read more. If circumstances change, updates will be posted at www.summitparkblueash.com and on the Summit Park Facebook page.
Blue Ash Sports Center
(Updated May 29, 2020) The Blue Ash Sports Center is now open. Click here for details. For questions about rescheduling games and events, contact Bob Halker at bhalker@blueash.com
Golf Course 
(Updated April 1, 2020) The Blue Ash Golf Course will reopen on April 2, 2020.  For details on new social distancing measures and the latest COVID-19 changes and plans, please visit the Blue Ash Golf Course website.
Sandtrap Grill 
Click here for information and the menu.
The Cooper Creek Event Center (Updated July 8, 2020)The Cooper Creek Event Center is now open for events.  The facility can accommodate up to 240 guests with tables 6’ apart. Tours are limited to 4 people and are by appointment only. Masks are required. More info: http://coopercreekblueash.com/

Outdoor dining assistance
The City of Blue Ash is offering help to restaurants and eateries that need more space to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Under the City Manager’s Emergency Declaration, the City will allow temporary, case-by-case modifications to food establishments to use parking areas and other areas outside to accommodate outdoor dining. Email Community Development Director Dan Johnson for more information, djohnson@blueash.com.
(Updated March 27, 2020) The City of Blue Ash has approved a state of emergency declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in line with what many other jurisdictions are doing, and it will allow the City to pursue federal assistance and invoke local ordinances or powers that may be useful during this public health emergency, if needed.
Read the City of Blue Ash state of emergency declaration here.
On March 12, 2020, Hamilton County declared a countywide state of emergency. Read it here.
(Updated March 23, 2020) The City of Blue Ash will continue to operate and provide essential services to citizens.  We ask for your patience and understanding as there may be delays to some non-essential and non-emergency functions. Please continue to contact us by phone or email.  We will accommodate those who need to drop off paperwork (see information about taxes below). You can find phone numbers and email addresses in the back of your 2020 City of Blue Ash Calendar or at our website www.blueash.com.  Below you will also find more information on the City’s action and plans regarding COVID-19.
City leaders have been monitoring news and information and are keeping in close contact with the area’s key leaders to stay on top of developments with COVID-19. The City is communicating with employees on measures being put in place to avoid infection, including providing additional hand sanitizing stations, increasing cleaning measures, staggered shifts, and limiting public access to the City Administration Building. They also discussed future steps that could be taken if necessary.  
(Updated March 24, 2020) Circumstances have been changing rapidly due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. To comply with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s orders and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the City of Blue Ash has made several changes to operations and continues to evaluate plans and procedures. The list below is intended to be an overview and is subject to change:

  1. The City is still operational, but with limited capacity, and with no direct public interaction (except for emergency services). 
  2. Emergency services are fully functional, but protocols are in place to minimize exposure. Non-life threatening issues will be lower in priority or deferred until later as appropriate. 
  3. According to the CDC, if you think you have coronavirus and are exhibiting symptoms (coughing, fever, shortness of breath) call your healthcare provider for medical advice. If your symptoms are mild, it is recommended that you stay home and self-quarantine. Call before you get medical care, but be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency. If you are able to travel by automobile to get treatment, please do so. Transportation by ambulance will not get you checked in any faster, and may put a strain on services for those with severe symptoms or other medical emergencies. Read more in Blue Ash Fire Chief Chris Theder’s letter to residents.
  4. Basic maintenance will occur such as limited public works construction, building maintenance, garbage pickup, and outdoor/grass maintenance.
  5. Some basic supportive administrative functions such as payroll, IT, finance, etc., will be conducted minimally with limited staff.
  6. Most parks and recreation facilities are closed, with the exception of passive park facilities. All gathering spaces and interactive spaces are closed. For instance, playgrounds, the Great Lawn and the Observation Tower at Summit Park, shelters, the Towne Square memorial, etc., are off-limits so as to not encourage gatherings. Walking, running and biking are permitted, as long as social distancing is being practiced.
  7. Construction activity is still permitted (via the Health Department orders) so our building and zoning department will still function. Contractors who need to schedule inspections or drop off plans should call ahead to make arrangements.

Police and Fire
Fire and Police Department Leaders are implementing increased health safety measures for staff.
BAPD is suspending some non-essential functions. Fingerprint detail & scheduled ALICE classes are suspended until further notice. Essential police functions will continue
(Updated April 20, 2020)  The Blue Ash Fire Department has released an educational video to help residents understand what to expect if first responders are called to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. View the video on YouTube or above.
(Updated March 25, 2020) BAFD seeking donations of masks and gowns.
(Updated March 18, 2020)  Click here to read Fire Chief Chris Theders letter to residents.
(Updated March 31, 2020) Has your child's birthday party been canceled by COVID-19? The Blue Ash Police and Fire Departments want to cheer them up with a lights-and-sirens birthday parade!

The City will continue to communicate with the public about COVID-19 information sources through social media, websites, and e-newsletters. If there are cancellations/closures directly related to the City of Blue Ash they will be posted on social media and the City website. Any calls/inquiries directly relating to the spread of the virus will be referred to the Ohio Department of Health hotline 1-833-4-ASK-ODH and to the Hamilton County Health Department.  See links at the top of this page.
(Updated May 29, 2020) The City is sending e-newsletters frequently to keep residents up-to-date on plans and changes due to COVID-19.  
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Tax Office (Updated March 23, 2020) 

The Tax Office is practicing social distancing but still serving you. 
The tax filing deadline for 2019 returns has been extended by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service to July 15, 2020.
To file your taxes:

  • Use the drop box at City Hall, 4343 Cooper Rd.
  • Mail to:                      Tax Department

                                      City of Blue Ash

                                      4343 Cooper Road

                                      Blue Ash, OH 45242

  • Use Secure Mail - go to www.blueash.com. Click “Departments” and select “Tax.” Below the contact information, click the red “send a message by Secure Mail” button. We will respond to all emails in the order received.
  • Call the office at 513-745-8516 to schedule an appointment.

 Need your individual return prepared?

  • Scan your tax documents and submit them through our secure email (see above).
  • Make copies and drop them in our drop box at City Hall.
  • You will be billed when your return is completed.

Need additional help or an extension?
 PLEASE CALL– 513-745-8516
We accept cash, credit card, money orders, and checks.

Mayor's Court
(Updated May 29, 2020) 
Court will resume on June 10 at 2:00 PM and will follow directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and the City of Blue Ash.  Please see the latest information about Mayor's Court here

Economic Development
(Updated March 18, 2020) 
Please visit our blueashadvance.com news page for links to information for businesses from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and information for small businesses regarding Disaster Loan Declarations. 

Citizens of Blue Ash Academy
(Updated August 28, 2020)
The remaining Citizens of Blue Ash Academy classes will be held via Zoom meeting.  Plans for the Graduation Ceremony are forthcoming. 

Public Works
(Updated April 8, 2020) The Community Clean-up and Shred Day on May 2 has been canceled.  
Spring Curbside Leaf Pickup will still occur on April 13, 2020. Please have leaves raked to the curb before 7:00 a.m. 
(Updated June 16, 2020) Simple Recycling discontinues service in Blue Ash and surrounding communities due to COVID-19. Read more.