The City of Akron is enacting a temporary Private Gathering OrdinanceCOVID-19 is spreading uncontrolled through our city and state. Hospitals arereaching maximum capacity, and infection and death rates are climbingexponentially. Most Akronites are not contracting COVID at work, the store, atschool, or at restaurants - they are getting sick after casually socializing withfamily and friends. It may "feel" safe, but the risk is actually likely highest in yourown home, neighborhood, or family get together.Don't let your guard down, even with family and friends.Now is the time to keep MASKS ON.Gatherings should be small and spaced out or outside.Large private gatherings are prohibited:• No private property owner or family in the City shall host more than 6guests at a gathering. A guest is considered someone that does not livein your household.• This applies even to immediate family members - parents, siblings,children, grandchildren, etc. - who live outside the home.Small private gatherings are permitted with restrictions:• For small gatherings with 6 or fewer guests - masks must be worn atall times when any non-resident is present in the same room or within sixfeet, unless the individuals are exempt (Under 10 years old, activelyeating a meal, medically unable, or outdoors and maintaining 6 feet ofsocial distancing, etc.)Restrictions will last for 30 days (until Dec. 16th), and will beextended if needed.Enforcement:• Summit County Public Health (SCPH) and the Akron Police Department willwork together to respond to complaints, educate residents, and issue civilpenalties ($250 per violation).• Reports of in-progress large private gatherings should be made to theAkron Police Department non-emergency line at 330-375-2181.Reports of previously held large private gatherings, or otherCOVIDrelated complaints, can be made to the Summit County Public Healthhotline at 330-926-5795 or online at https://www.scph.org/report-non-essential-businesses-or-operations. DO NOT call 9-1-1 to report a privategathering unless there is an imminent safety concern.• Enforcement will focus on education and voluntary compliance wheneverpossible.We must act NOW to prevent devastating results.We can still take care of our family and friends, keep businesses open,and save lives if we all keep MASKS ONand gatherings small and spaced out, or outside.