CLEVELAND — As the state approaches the first initial phase of reopening on May 1, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to release additional details of what a gradual reopening looks like, including what businesses will be allowed to reopen.
DeWine has said that in order for the economy to restart and businesses to resume operations, there will be a “balancing act” of safety guards, public health measures and compliance, while vowing to protect the most vulnerable in order to keep Ohio’s curve flattened and citizens safe.
Gov. DeWine, along with Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, are expected to release more details on what Ohioans can expect on Friday.
As where the state stands now, all non-essential businesses remain closed to the public, including hair salons, gyms, barbershops and some day cares.
According to a newly released poll from Baldwin Wallace University, 51.6% agree on May 1 as the reopening of the economy while 39.4% disagree. At the same time, a majority don’t think many businesses or places of worship should reopen yet.
Instead, they are worried that the U.S. will move too quickly to lift restrictions. Once restrictions are lifted, they will take a “wait and see” approach to resuming their normal activities.
Last week, DeWine announced doctors and patients can begin to revisit any elective surgeries or procedures that were put on hold after Acton signed an order restricting doctors across the state from performing those surgeries in an effort to save personal protective equipment for the most vulnerable.
The state briefing is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Watch it live here.
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