How Ohio Will Reopen

How Ohio Will Reopen

How Ohio Will Reopen

Mass gatherings of more than 10 people will still be banned in the State of Ohio. If a COVID-19 case is suspected in a business, it must be reported immediately and the health department will quickly locate everyone who had possible contact with the patient.

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.

Gov. Mike DeWine has unveiled plans to allow some businesses to begin reopening after Ohio's current stay-at-home order expires on May 1. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum says it will donate $5 from every Governor Bobblehead sold to the American Hospital Association's Protect the Heroes Campaign to support the 100 Million Mask Challenge.

On May 12, retailers can open.

Unlike other states, restaurants, bars, daycares, and gyms are not included in Ohio's first phase of reopening.

"We don't want to open things up, then have to go back", said Governor DeWine. "It's just as risky as it's ever been".

OH has seen a decrease in new cases over the last week.

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio's response to COVID-19 here.

The state has repeatedly said it has limited testing, and some reports have shown OH is near the bottom of all states in tests administered per capita.

The state has developed a six-week testing expansion plan starting Wednesday.

Although Ohio will start reopening, DeWine and the state's top health official Amy Acton encourage residents to continue precautionary measures.

"Your health and well-being is never a zero-sum game", Acton said. That group has been hearing from business owners via videoconference for more than two weeks. In addition, companies are required to implement staggered entry procedures for all customers and set aside designated hours for at-risk populations. We're trying to ease out and get OH back working. It says that Ohioans can be trusted to responsibly reopen the economy, saying that "all businesses are essential".

As for tracing, DeWine plans to train 1,750 people to find those who might have had contact with a COVID-19 patient.

In one of a dozen messages shared to Twitter following Monday's conference, DeWine's office reminded OH residents that despite reopening permissions, "we still want people to work from home as much as possible".

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