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

As the virus spreads globally and disrupts life more, you should be forming new habits and avoiding certain bad behaviors that may have never occurred to you weeks ago.  It is not only good for your health, but crucial to ensuring that others around you stay healthy as well.  This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all non-essential businesses.  It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. 

(Ohio Dept. of Health)

  • 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.
  1. The closure of day camps for children.
  2. The prohibition of organized youth and adult sports. 
  3. The clarification that fishing is permitted if proper social distancing is practiced.

There are, currently in Ohio, 2902 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and reported 81 deaths.  A total of 802 people have been hospitalized including 260 admissions to the ICU.  In depth data can be accessed by visiting  coronavirus.ohio.gov.  

During a Pandemic, it will be critical to understand what you may be asked or required to do.  It will be important to follow any Public Health Social Distancing instructions or any other instructions or orders that may be given

Stay informed and plan ahead.  For more information about health issues and emergency preparedness, please visit the following websites:

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