Hilliard City Manager Michelle Crandall issued three additional temporary orders Wednesday March 18, adding to the five made March 17 with the authority Hilliard City Council granted her March 16 as acting emergency-management director.

All the orders are related to COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has brought sweeping action statewide in an effort to contain the spread of the disease.

The most recent orders include postponing all Hilliard Mayor’s Court cases until May 13.

Defendants and defense counsel will be mailed notices of new court dates and questions may be addressed to the court by calling 614-334-2361 or via email at court@hilliardohio.gov.

The clerk of courts’ office also is closed to public walk-in traffic through May 13.

Contact may be made via phone or email; payments will be accepted online or via telephone, according to the city.

Another order suspended all permits for peddling, soliciting or conducting market research door-to-door.

Finally, Crandall signed an order detailing a COVID-19 leave-of-absence policy for city employees.

The order covers use of leave, protocol for contracting COVID-19 symptoms, compensation for part-time employees, child care and other issues.

The Hilliard Division of Police also announced more COVID-19-related policy and protocols March 18.

The police division and the Norwich Township Fire Department have implemented a “unified command structure” in which the role of incident commander is shared by multiple people, each having authority for a different responding agency, said David Ball, director of communications for Hilliard.

“This collaborative structure promotes better response to situations, shared resources and improved communication between agencies,” Ball said.

Police are implementing new guidelines when responding to calls, including asking residents to step outside and to maintain minimum distances.

Police also have implemented a telephone-reporting system at 614-876-7321 for crimes that include theft, fraud, vandalism, stolen vehicles, private-property traffic crashes and animal complaints.

Those reports also may be made online at hilliardohio.gov/onlinereporting.

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