COVID-19: Protecting Oxford

Report a Concern

Submit a concern about COVID-19 and current public health regulations.  We will investigate and respond. 

For an immediate concern, call 513-524-5237.

Butler County General Health District

Review the latest Butler County Epidemiology Report. 

Zipcode specific numbers of cases are generally listed on pg 4 of this report. 

Mask Ordinance

For the safety of our community, the Oxford City Council passed a face-covering ordinance on July 14, 2020.  This new law is effective immediately and will be in place for the duration of the pandemic and/or while the State of Ohio Executive Order 2020-01D is in effect.  All business employees and individuals in Oxford must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:

  • At an indoor location that is not a residence.
  • Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members.
  • Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.

The order requires only those 6 years old or older to wear a mask. Additional exclusions include:

  • Those with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability.
  • Those who are actively exercising or playing sports.
  • Those who are officiants at religious services.
  • Those who are actively involved in public safety.
  • Those who are actively eating or drinking.

Mass Gatherings (Including House Parties)

The Oxford Police Department will enforce the restrictions related to mass gatherings. 

In many cases, ordinances prohibiting excessive noise, litter, and disorderly conduct can be used to address house parties. The police will also use the restrictions on mass gatherings to help disperse large groups. Repeat offenders will be issued a citation. 

We are coordinating with the Miami University Office of Community Standards for off-campus student conduct enforcement.   The City will send a weekly report to the University of students who violated COVID restrictions off-campus. A COVID restriction violation will fall under endangering the health and safety of other students under the student code of conduct.

After our report is received, the University will respond to the students. Their office will review each case and either provide a warning and education with the student or apply stricter discipline if needed. This may include probation or suspension based on the severity or frequency of the violation.  

Restaurants and Bars

City officials will monitor compliance with public health orders at our local bars and restaurants and report violations to the Butler County General Health District and the Ohio Investigative Unit for enforcement. 

To prepare for the Miami Student’s return we hosted a meeting between our bar and restaurant owners, the Butler County Health Department, and our City leadership to review public health orders,  share expectations, and review plans.  This meeting was well attended and provided a good opportunity for questions and answers.  Review the bar owner’s meeting notes.