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Ohio Issues Urgent Health Advisory, Rescinds Parts of Stay Safe Ohio Order

On May 20, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health issued an urgent health advisory, “Ohioans Protecting Ohioans” recommending Ohioans continue to stay home as much as possible.

  • The Mandates limiting large groups and requiring safe business conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio remain in place.
  • Under the advisory, elderly people and those vulnerable to COVID-19 because of underlying medical conditions including chronic lung disease, hearth complications, immune compromised, severe obesity or diabetes, etc. are urged to avoid places where they are likely to be exposed to an increased number of people, wear masks, and practice good hand-washing hygiene.
    • All other Ohioans are advised to take precautions to limit the spread of the disease.
  • The advisory recommends but no longer requires Ohioans to stay at their place of residence when possible.

 

The Ohio Department of Health also issued a Director’s Order on May 20, 2020, rescinding the following sections of the Stay at Home Order amended and signed on April 30, 2020:

  • Section 3: ordered Ohioans to stay home and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other people, with the exception of family or household members.

a. Ohioans are no longer required to stay at home but are still encouraged to do so.

  • Section 5: ordered people riding on public transit to comply with social distancing requirements. People entering the state with the intent to stay were asked to self-quarantine for 14 days unless they were doing so for critical infrastructure or healthcare workforce purposes.

a. Section 5 was amended and requires people testing positive for COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to not enter the state unless they are permanent residents or are doing so under medical orders, are being transported by EMS, or being driven directly to a medical provider for purposes of initial care; and

  • Section 15: provided exceptions to the order that Ohioans not travel (such as for work or to care for others).

a. Under the new advisory all travel is permitted, but Ohioans are still encouraged to stay home.

For more information on Ohio’s Stay Safe Order, visit here.

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