SEVEN HILLS, Ohio — About two weeks after the growing variant of omicron led Seven Hills to institute a mask mandate for people ages 5 and older visiting the community recreation center, city officials have relaxed restrictions. restrictions yesterday (January 18) instead of Summit View Drive.
“The mandate was temporary,” Seven Hills Director of Recreation Jen Burger said. “The numbers involved with our staff and members have been assessed, and the terms of reference have helped us assess that.
“We were able to keep the building open and the programs at 100 percent.”
Seven Hill Mayor Anthony D. Biasiotta noted that many factors led to the initial decision, which he stressed was not made on a whim or taken lightly. The goal was to keep members, seniors and students safe.
“We were coming out of holidays where people were getting together,” Biasiotta said. “There was this concern, but we had a severe shortage of staff.
“COVID has hit our staff who have been quarantined. We were concerned about meeting these staffing levels, so we have temporarily taken it a step further. We are not close to normal strength and will continue to monitor the situation. Masks are therefore recommended when you are not actively training.
In addition to doubling the cleanup effort, the site in the future will also add a two-spectator limit for basketball games.
“One of the main concerns was the number of basketball leagues we have covering a number of communities,” Biasiotta said. “We attract a lot of visitors and spectators.”
Regarding any backlash or questioning of the mask mandate, Burger has received a few calls from residents both supportive and unhappy with the decision.
“Across the city, we asked a few people to contact us,” Biasiotta said. “They didn’t like the term mandate; however, I explained to them that it was a member-based thing and not imposed on the community.
“It’s temporary and I told them the reasons why we did it. Ultimately, we kept the facility open because we think it’s important for people to have this point of sale. People understood when it was fully explained.
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