Ohio Stay at Home Order Extended Through May 1

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced last week that Ohio’s Stay at Home order has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, signed the updated order this afternoon. It goes into effect at midnight on Monday.

“We understand that this is tough – it is very difficult. But, I would not be making these decisions if it wasn’t a mater of life and death,” said Governor DeWine. “We have to keep this monster down. It’s not dead – it’s very much alive.”

The full Stay at Home order can be found on coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Updates to the new order include:

*The creation of a dispute resolution process for situations where two local health departments have come to a different conclusion on what is or is not an essential business.

*The requirement that essential businesses determine and enforce a maximum number of customers allowed in a store at one time.  These businesses must ensure that people waiting to enter the stores maintain safe social distancing.

*Direction that travelers arriving to Ohio should self-quarantine for 14 days. Exceptions include persons who live and work in trans-border areas, heath care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Ohio if they are displaying symptoms, excepting in certain circumstances for medical care.

*The mandate that wedding receptions be limited to no more than 10 people.

*A clarification to close campgrounds with the exception where a camper or recreational vehicle in a campground serves as a citizen’s permanent residence and they are unable to secure safe alternative housing.

*The requirement that public swimming pools and swimming pools at private clubs or housing complexes close to prevent transmission of COVID-19.  This does not apply to private residential pools.

*The clarification that retail garden centers can remain open but should determine and enforce a reduced capacity to keep customers and employees safe.

*The closure of day camps for children.

*The prohibition of organized youth and adult sports.

*The clarification that fishing is permitted if proper social distancing is practiced.

 

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