COLUMBUS, Ohio — During Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s daily press conference Thursday, he discussed the surge of COVID-19 and extended the stay at home order from April 6 to May 1.
The order coincided with the order to close in-person instruction at schools in Ohio issued Monday.
“We’re pretty sure there’s no way we’re going to be out of this by then,” DeWine said.
The new order establishes more strict guidelines for the businesses deemed essential in order to protect workers and customers from the spread of COVID-19.
As part of the order, retail businesses will be required establish the number of people who can be in the business at a time. DeWine said his team won't tell them what the number needs to be because businesses are all different, but that the businesses must determine their number and post it for the public.
He also suggested businesses establish six-foot guides to promote social distancing, a system many businesses have already implemented. The additional guidelines come following a surge of complaints of overcrowded stores, DeWine said.
The order extension, signed by Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton during the press conference, will go into effect Monday night.
“We’re not going to be able to go back to normal,” DeWine said.
Those traveling into Ohio have also been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to the state, DeWine said Thursday.
Exceptions will be made for workers who live right across an Ohio border and drives into the state, DeWine said.
The revised order will contain the following changes:
- 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
Read the entire amended stay at home order below:
There are now 2,902 cases of COVID-19 in the state. That's a jump of 355 from yesterday, the largest single-day increase yet for the second day in a row after Wednesday's increase of 348. There are now 81 deaths across the state, an increase of 16 over the previous day.
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