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Stay at Home Order Extended: What’s New

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Stay at Home Order Extended: What’s New
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Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.

Ohio’s Stay at Home order, originally set to expire on Friday, May 1, has been extended.

The “Stay Safe Ohio” order, which can be found here, continues to ask residents to stay home, outside of activities and work in a number of industries that will reopen over the course of May.

Stay at Home restrictions will now be in place through at least Friday, May 29.

Here are some things that are new versus the original order, or are now officially listed:

  • Language in the order says businesses “must allow” customers, patrons, vendors, etc. to use facial coverings. Governor Mike DeWine announced the change from requiring this measure on Tuesday, April 28.
    • Employees of the businesses currently open or reopening are required to wear masks, with several possible exceptions. Businesses must provide written justification upon request.
  • On Monday, May 4, manufacturing, distribution, construction and general office environments may reopen. Among their required actions:
    • Businesses must stagger arrival, lunch and break times of employees, clients, guests, etc.
    • Businesses must cancel in-person events if social distancing cannot be done.
  • On Tuesday, May 12, retail establishments may reopen. Among their required actions:
    • Curbside pickup, delivery and appointment-based operations can begin on May 1.
    • Food courts will remain closed.
    • Retail businesses, like grocery stores and other businesses that remained open, must specify senior store hours and stagger entry of customers.
  • Personal care and appearance and beauty businesses, restaurants and bars, adult daycares and senior centers, child care centers, entertainment and recreation businesses, and fitness centers remain closed. A detailed list of categories and sub-categories are listed in the order, under section 13.
  • Wedding receptions are officially subject to the 10-person mass gathering limitation.
  • First Amendment protected speech, including protests, is now officially listed as an exception to the Stay at Home order.

This week, governor DeWine indicated advisory groups would be created for restaurants and bars as well as personal care businesses, much like what was done for retail and construction businesses. The move could mean these businesses will be next in consideration for reopening.

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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