A message from Vandalia Mayor Richard Herbst

Vandalia Citizens,

Like many of you, I woke up this morning wondering what life was going to be like under the new “Stay at Home” order issued by the Ohio Department of Health. What I found was things are much quieter and slower, and that the majority of people are doing their part to help prevent the social spread of COVID-19.

To be certain, these are unprecedented times we are living in.

We have been through a lot these past few weeks, and we know there is more anxiety and worry ahead as we anticipate the impact of this deadly COVID-19 virus. While we do not know precisely what is in store for us, there are some things of which you can be certain.

You can be certain our police, fire and EMS crews will be ready at a moment’s notice to assist you, your family or your friends in any emergency. We are here to help. Our public safety personnel are taking every precaution to protect themselves while rendering the highest possible level of care.

You can be certain that the City will continue to provide you with the latest information on the virus and the changes put into place to minimize its spread. We have made communication with the public a top priority. I invite you to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages, and to check in at vandaliaohio.org for information you need to know. We are also reaching out through the Next Door social media site to share the latest news.

In addition, you can be certain that your City Council will take the necessary steps to keep vital City services in place throughout this ordeal.

We care about your safety and well-being, and I strongly encourage you to do your part to prevent the spread of this virus. Stay home. Go out only for essential business. Wash your hands often. Practice social distancing. These simple steps will go a long way toward stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Don’t forget about family, friends and neighbors who might be more vulnerable to the virus because of their age or medical conditions. If you are able, go to the grocery or the pharmacy for them, so they can avoid unnecessary trips out into the public.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we weather this pandemic. It won’t be easy, but I strongly believe we will get through this. Stay safe and please remember… we are all in this together.



Richard Herbst


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