Governor Orders Shelter in Place for Nonessential Workers
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In a Sunday afternoon press conference, the governor issued a Stay at Home order, or what is being referred to as a “shelter in place” order in other states. The order has been signed by Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton to go into effect Monday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. through April 6.
The order gives an exception to essential activities, including activities for health and safety, acquiring necessary supplies and services, outdoor activities, and activities to care for others — “common sense” exceptions, according to the governor.
Businesses considered essential by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will remain open. This includes grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, restaurant carry-out and delivery operations, gas stations, hardware stores, business and religious nonprofits, media and others.
These businesses are expected to establish business protocols such as six-foot social distancing, making available hand sanitizer and establishing separate operating hours for older adults and those that are high-risk.
The governor said that not obeying the order will be considered a second-degree misdemeanor, adding: “This is no longer a suggestion.”
Workers in law enforcement, public safety, first responders, health care and public health workers, and other caregivers are also considered essential.
The order can be found in its entirety here.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.