Last Updated: 11.16.2020 @ 4:20 pm
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On April 27, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced plans to responsibly restart Ohio’s economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning May 1, 2020, the following businesses can operate if they adhere to the safety protocols and requirements mandated by the state.
- all medically necessary procedures not requiring an overnight stay in a health care facility or not requiring inpatient hospital admission, may move forward. These include well-care checks, regular doctor visits, outpatient surgeries, imaging procedures, and diagnostic tests. Dental services and veterinary services may also proceed if a safe environment can be established. Certain surgeries and procedures that were previously prohibited are also allowed to proceed beginning May 1, 2020. Guides, Webinars and checklists for healthcare businesses can be found here.
Beginning May 4, 2020, the following businesses can operate if they adhere to the safety protocols and requirements mandated by the state.
- manufacturing, distribution, construction, and general offices may reopen if they meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees.
Beginning on May 12, 2020, the following businesses can operate if they adhere to the safety protocols and requirements mandated by the state.
- consumer, retail and services may reopen but all employees must wear facial coverings (with safety exceptions)
- Customers are strongly recommended to wear masks as well.
- Businesses already open such as grocery stores will have to adhere to the new regulations as well.
Beginning May 15, 2020, the following businesses can operate if they adhere to the safety protocols and requirements mandated by the state.
- Barbershops, hair salons, day spas, nail salons, and other services will reopen if they can comply with the regulations set forth.
- Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, tattoo parlors can open if they can comply with the regulations set forth by the State Medical Board.
- Restaurants and Bars with outside dining may reopen if they can comply with the Responsible Restart Ohio regulations
Beginning May 21, 2020, the following businesses can operate if they adhere to the safety protocols and requirements mandated by the state.
- restaurants and bars with indoor dining can reopen if they comply with the Responsible Restart Ohio regulations
- Additional Restaurants and Bar Guidance has been published here.
- Governor Mike DeWine has indicated these will be strictly enforced and violators will be held accountable at the bequest of the industries themselves.
- Campgrounds will reopen with certain requirements.
Beginning May 26, the following businesses can operate if they adhere to the safety protocols and requirements mandated by the state.
- Pools can reopen if they can comply with the new protocols.
- Not water parks or amusement parks
- Gyms, fitness studios, etc. can reopen with certain requirements.
- Non-contact or limited contact sports can reopen with certain requirements.
- Horse racing can reopen without spectators
- BMVs will reopen for limited services, online services and get in line, online are recommended.
- Miniature golf, baseball, softball and batting cages, and bowling alleys will be able to resume operations if they can meet appropriate safety protocols.
- Skills training for all sports may also resume on May 26th – including contact sports – as long as safety protocols can be followed.
- Tournaments, games, competitions for contact sports are still prohibited for now.
Beginning May 31, the following businesses can operate if they adhere to the safety protocols and requirements mandated by the state.
- childcare centers will be open with certain requirements.
- Kids may be escorted to classrooms by staff instead of parents
- Classroom group sizes will be smaller: max of 9 children for older kids; for infants/toddlers, max of 6 per classroom
- No field trips
- A lot of sanitizing of playgrounds and playrooms between use, between groups
- Centers will need to undergo rigorous cleaning at the end of each day
- Kids and staff will have to wash hands many times per day
- May ask parents to wear masks
- Day camps will also reopen with certain requirements
Beginning June 1, the following businesses can operate if they adhere to the safety protocols and requirements mandated by the state.
- Catering and banquet centers can reopen under similar guidelines as restaurants. Official guidance has not been published yet.
- Guidelines include 6 feet between tables and no congregating.
- For the immediate future, crowd size will be limited to 300.
Beginning June 10, the following businesses can operate if they adhere to the safety protocols and requirements mandated by the state.
- Art Galleries
- Country Clubs
- Ice Skating Rinks
- Indoor Family Entertainment Centers
- Indoor Sports Facilities
- Laser Tag Facilities
- Indoor Movie Theaters
- Playgrounds (Outdoor)
- Public Recreation Centers
- Roller Skating Rinks
- Social Clubs
- Trampoline Parks
Beginning June 19, the following businesses will be able to operate if they comply with regulations (not yet published).
- Amusement Parks
- Water Parks
Beginning July 22, a travel advisory (not order) was issued
- Individuals traveling to states with over 15% positivity rate should self-quarantine 14 days upon entering Ohio
- Will be updated weekly and is based on 7 day rolling average
Beginning July 23, Public wear masks order will be extended to every county statewide. This order only requires those who are 10 years old or older to wear a mask when:
- Indoors but not in a private residence
- Outdoors and unable to keep 6 feet social distancing
- Waiting for ride or using public transportation including uber, etc.
- Those with a medical condition or disability or those communicating with someone with a disability;
- Those who are actively exercising or playing sports;
- Those who are officiants at religious services;
- Those who are actively involved in public safety; or
- Those who are actively eating or drinking
Beginning July 31 the Ohio Liquor Control Commission enacting an emergency rule to stop the sale of alcohol at 10:00 and on site consumption until 11:00.
Beginning August 21 the following businesses will be able to operate if they comply with regulations.
- Adult daycares
- Senior centers
Order also issued mandating assisted living facilities to participate in covid testing for staff and residents.
On November 15, 2020, the Ohio Director of Health issued a Revised Order to Limit and/or Prohibit Mass Gatherings in the State of Ohio, with Exceptions as follows:
- All public and private gatherings of greater than 10 people occurring outside a single residence, and the real estate on which it is located, or an apartment, condominium, or dormitory living unit are prohibited.
- This does not apply to:
- Religious observances;
- First Amendment protected speech, including petition/referendum circulators, and any activity by media;
- Governmental meetings which include meetings that must be open to public
- Wedding ceremonies and funeral observances
- Gatherings otherwise permitted by Orders of the Director of Health
- This does not apply to:
- To minimize the spread of #COVID19 through airborne particles passing between people in close contact, wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other banquet events are subject to these restrictions:
- No socializing or activities in open congregate areas and no dancing;
- Guests must be seated at all times.
- Traditional wedding reception events such as first dance, toasts, and cutting the cake are permitted;
- If serving food and beverages, guests must be served at their seats. No self-serve buffets permitted and no self-serve bar areas;
- Masks must be worn at all times unless actively consuming food or beverages; and
- No more than 10 people seated to a table, and those individuals must be from the same household.
- Pool tables, pinball machines, dart boards, juke boxes, video games, arcade games and other coin operated machines are still permitted to be open pursuant to the guidelines set forth and references in the Director’s Amended Order that Reopens Restaurants, Bars, Banquet and Catering Facilities and Services, with Exceptions, signed June 5, 2020.
- Except as set forth herein, the Director’s Third Amended Order that Reopens Restaurants, Bars, Banquet and Catering Facilities and Services to Dine-in Service, with Exceptions signed September 23, 2020 remains in effect and wedding receptions, funeral repasts and other events at banquet facilities are subject to its requirements.
The order is effective November 17, 2020 at 12:01 am.