Message from Mayor Ehrbar

Village of Kelleys Island

  • P.O.Box 469, 121 Addison Street
  • Kelleys Island, Ohio 43438
  • (419) 746-2535 fax: (419) 746-9595
  • November 24, 2020

We’re closing in on the Thanksgiving holiday and the COVID-19 statistics in our state are getting dire. As Governor Mike DeWine remarked in a recent presser, the virus is now seeing significant spread in more remote, rural areas. We have even seen it spread to Kelleys Island – several of our community members have become ill and one was even hospitalized.

As of Monday, the state of Ohio is nearing 6,000 deaths from COVID-19. Since Saturday, 8,133 new COVID-19 cases with 205 more hospitalizations and 12 more deaths have been reported. We’re firmly in the third wave of this pandemic and we must take this seriously. 

What does that mean for Kelleys Island?

  • We encourage our workers, residents, and visitors to continue to practice safe social distancing, mask wearing, and regular hand sanitizing regimens
  • We encourage our community to refrain from gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday with those outside their household
  • We encourage those who are sick to stay home and to seek medical attention if they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms
  • For Christmas Park Lighting, which will occur on November 27, Santa will be driving by to greet the children and their families, but no children will be able to sit on Santa’s lap this year to share their Christmas wishes; goody bags will be provided
  • The annual Thanksgiving potluck on November 27 at the Village Pump has been cancelled
  • The Winery will host its annual holiday bazaar on November 28 and it will be held entirely outdoors

We understand that the prospect of further lockdowns and increased infections is exhausting, frustrating, and scary. However, we implore you to think of the safety of your family, your friends, and even strangers in the coming days. Furthermore, let’s help our medical professionals and first responders by staying well and out of the ICU. With a bit of cooperation, we’ll all be able to have a safe and happy holiday in 2021. 

Don’t forget – you are your community. And what you do matters.


Ronald E. Ehrbar, Mayor

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