Closures and Cancellations due to Covid-19

The following is a list of major closures and cancellations regarding the coronavirus in the City of Painesville. This is an ever evolving situation, with dates subject to change. 


BMVs, Spas, Barbershops, Hair Salons, Nail Salons & Tattoo Parlors

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced another round of closures on March 17 which include 181 BMVs (5 locations open for CDL renewals only), spas, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and tattoo parlors until further notice.


Gyms, Bowling Alleys, Movie Theaters, Etc

Per the Ohio Governor's office on Monday, March 16, all gyms, bowling alleys, movie theaters, indoor water parks, trampoline parks and recreation centers are closed until further notice. 


Restaurants & Bars

Per the Ohio Governor’s office, all bars and restaurants will close at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 and will stay closed until further notice. Carry out and delivery options are still open. Coffee, bakery, etc. businesses still can have walk in and order activity.


  • The Governor announced expansion of unemployment benefits including the waiver of the normal waiting period. Additional information can be found online here.  
  • The Governor announced expansion of SBA Loans for small businesses as well as a liquor buy-back program for those with a liquor license. The liquor buy-back can be found at: 877-812-0013 or [email protected]


Morley Library

Morley Library administrators and trustees have made the decision to close the library until further notice starting Saturday, March 14. The library building will be open for limited access on Tuesday, March 17, for the Ohio primary election. No library services will be available, but voters will be able to access the meeting rooms for voting activity.


Morley Library and CLEVNET digital resources will remain available throughout the closure period via the Library’s website at Library cardholders will find ebooks and audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and music to download or stream via OverDrive, Hoopla, RB Digital Magazines, and TumbleBooks. Research databases and instructional media will remain available. Patrons with materials checked out are asked to keep them until the Library reopens and will not accrue overdue fines on these items. Holds on materials from other libraries will be kept in the system and will reactivate once the Library has reopened.



Painesville City Local Schools, Riverside Local Schools & Private Schools

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that Ohio students K-12 will receive an extended three-week spring break beginning on Monday, March 16 due to concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). With the closure, both districts activities will be suspended. Details are still developing. Please reach out to your school for more information.


Lunch Options for Students

  • The Lunch Box, Painesville City Local School's mobile food service program, will be distributing pre-bagged lunches along with pre-bagged breakfast meals to children ages 18 and under. The Lunch Box will operate Monday through Friday beginning March 23 until school reopens:

Heritage Middle School 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Chestnut Elementary (back lot) 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Maple Elementary 12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
State Street Park 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Elm Street Elementary (back lot) 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Harvey High School 1:30 p.m. - 1: 45 p.m.
  • The Salvation Army in Painesville (69 Pearl Street), will be providing hot meals to all ages while the break from school continues. Starting Monday, March 16, lunch will be served weekdays from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Painesville Recreation Events

Due to Lake Erie College's campus shut down and the safety of our residents, we are canceling our two up coming recreation events, Painesville's Learn to Cook! Ages 10-14 on March 12, Painesville's March Madness Skills Zone on March 21 and Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt on April 4. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For questions about the events, please reach out to the recreation office at 440-392-5912. Painesville Senior Center Line Dancing at Morse Ave Community Center will also be canceled until further notice.


Lake Erie College 

For the safety of the Lake Erie College community, no in-person class meetings will occur starting now through April 12th. Classes will continue remotely and online. Please visit for more information and regular updates as we continue to make efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.