Columbus Mayor Declares State of Emergency


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has issued a State of Emergency for the city, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In a video released on Wednesday, Ginther said many of the city's employees, including police and firefighters and refuse collectors, will continue to report to work.

The order comes with a directive for 1,300 city employees to work from home.

The declaration also gives Ginther the authority to suspend all regulatory provisions of the Columbus City Code necessary to allow the city to meet payroll, process insurance benefits and pay vendors.

Ginther says the declaration is necessary for the city to continue to operate and meet the needs of the citizens, amid the outbreak.