Coronavirus Update: How Ohio Will Reopen
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On Monday, April 27, Governor Mike DeWine unveiled protocols for businesses statewide to begin reopening on Friday, May 1.
He laid out changes for the healthcare industry, and mandatory and best practices for manufacturing and construction, offices and consumer, retail and services.
The governor laid out safe business practices mandatory for businesses to remain open, including requiring face coverings, maintaining good hygiene and social distancing, and limiting business capacity to a maximum of 50% of fire code.
The governor also laid out the required actions for businesses upon the discovery of a COVID-19 infection in their workplace.
As of Friday, May 1, all healthcare procedures and operations can now occur if they do not require an overnight stay. Operations and procedures for life-threatening, painful and/or imperative complications have always been allowed under previous orders and will continue.
Dentist and veterinarian operations can also begin on Friday, May 1.
Shortages of personal protective equipment are still a concern, said the governor. Therefore, overnight elective operations are still on hold.
The governor has also laid out mandatory and recommended best practices for businesses opening during the month of May, including manufacturing and construction, offices, and consumer, retail and services.
With offices, the governor asked that companies continue to work from home if at all possible.
Regarding consumer, retail and services, on Tuesday, May 12 all employees will be required to wear facial coverings, or masks, and all customers are encouraged to wear masks as well.
On opening daycares, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, barbershops, hair salons and the like, the governor said, “We’re not there yet.”
“We must first start down the pathway of opening things up where we thought there was less risk and a more controllable risk,” said DeWine.
Ohio’s Stay at Home order is still technically in place, including the ban on mass gatherings of more than 10 people.
“We don’t want to open things up, then have to go back,” said Governor DeWine.
The protocols laid out by the governor apply to businesses opening up beginning on Friday, May 1, as well as essential businesses that never closed.
DeWine said testing and contact tracing are a key part of Ohio’s reopening. Last week, he outlined how the production of swabs and reagent would significantly increase the state’s testing capacity and, in turn, will assure the state can keep an eye on cases, making changes and setting barriers as needed.
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For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.