April 23, 2020

Lock 3 Is Closed - Stan Hywet Is Open

Lock 3 Is Closed - Stan Hywet Is Open

Governor Mike Dewine said on 4/23 during his press conference that he will reveal the plan to move forward on Monday 4/27

Governor to Reveal Plans to Open the State On Monday

Governor Mike Dewine said on 4/23 during his press conference that he will reveal the plan to move forward on Monday 4/27



Lock 3 is Locked Down

Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron’s Office of Integrated Development, which oversees Lock 3 Park and all city recreation, said in a news release that there will be no large concerts or festivals at Lock 3 Park downtown. However, many smaller events are still scheduled but will be reconsidered and possibly reconfigured with the public and city employees’ health in mind.

The city announced that all downtown events with an expected attendance of 250 or more are postponed until 2021.


Akron’s Stan Hywet to open grounds for visitors to stroll gardens for free amid the pandemic

Akron’s historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens will open its gates to pandemic-weary residents to take a stroll — albeit at a socially acceptable distance from one another.


The first day the grounds will be open to the public free of charge will be Friday April 24th.


The first hour and half from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. will be reserved for senior citizens with the remaining hours being from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be no public restroom facilities available.

The historic home is at 714 North Portage Path in Akron.


The decision to open the grounds was made with the blessing of the Summit County Health Department 


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Drive-up Coronavirus Testing

Rite Aid will open a self-swab testing location Wednesday at the Rite Aid at 4053 S. Main St. near state Route 619 in Green, near the Portage Lakes.


People getting tested must remain in their vehicles during the entire process. In line with Centers for Disease Control recommendations, those seeking tests should wear a cloth covering over the nose and mouth.


The program is not intended for people experiencing emergency warning signs.


Patients are required to provide government issued identification, be at least 18 years old and need to preregister online at riteaid.com to schedule a time slot for testing




1.5 Million in Funding To Small Businesses

More than 300 small businesses in Summit County will receive a total of more than $1.5 million in funding through a program created to provide emergency relief during the coronavirus pandemic.

Summit County and the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that 311 small businesses in the county will receive funding from the COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program.


The grant program, which Summit County Council approved last month, provides grants of up to $5,000 to small for-profit businesses affected by COVID-19.

Businesses in operation for at least a year prior to March 15, 2020, with three to 25 employees and more than 50% of their employees residing in Summit County were eligible.

At the application deadline on April 13, there were more than 1,000 applicants, resulting in more than 600 eligible applications that were reviewed by the Grant Underwriting Team.

Fifty-one percent of eligible applicants received grant awards.




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