Get your legal questions answered Friday during phone bank, Facebook Live with legal experts

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Posted at 2:10 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 14:22:58-04

CLEVELAND — On Friday, April 24, News 5 is partnering with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland to help answer any legal questions you may have during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, a News 5 phone bank will be open with legal experts from The Legal Aid Society so that you can chat privately about any legal issues you may have that arose from the pandemic and its impact on our area. The number to call our phone bank is 1-800-658-5370.

At 4:30 p.m., News 5’s Joe Pagonakis will be hosting a Facebook Live chat on the News 5 Cleveland Facebook page with one of The Legal Aid Society’s experts so you can have your questions answered live on Facebook.

If you’re unable to join us on Facebook or during our phone bank, you can contact The Legal Aid Society toll-free at 888-817-3777 or visit for more information.

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Reopening Ohio
Gov. Mike DeWine and the State of Ohio have established a plan to begin reopening Ohio businesses starting May 1. Below is a timeline of the businesses allowed to reopen.

May 1: Medical care – non-essential surgeries and procedures that do not require an overnight stay will be allowed beginning May 1.
May 4: Manufacturing, distribution and construction businesses that were ordered to cease activities may reopen on May 4, as well as general office environments.
May 12: Retail establishments and facilities will be allowed to reopen on May 12.
May 15: Salons, barbershops, day spas, tanning facilities, massage parlors, tattoo parlors and piercing businesses. Restaurants will be allowed to serve patrons on outdoor patios. More details here.
May 21: Restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen for dine-in service. Read more here. Campgrounds will be allowed to reopen. Read more here.
May 22: Horse racing will be allowed to resume, with no spectators. Casinos and Racinos are not included in the reopening. Read more here.
May 26: Gyms, fitness centers, regulated pools, recreation centers and studios will be allowed to reopen, with new requirements. Non-contact and limited-contact sports leagues, such as golf, baseball and tennis will be allowed to resume. BMVs across Ohio will reopen, but government officials encourage citizens to utilize the BMVs online services when possible. Read more here.
May 31: Day care centers will be able to reopen in Ohio. Read more about the plan to reopen day cares here. Day camps and summer camps will also be allowed to operate. Details on that here.

While these announced reopenings encompass the majority of the businesses, agencies and events closed and canceled by the state's orders, the governor has not yet made an annoucements on when K-12 schools in the state will reopen, nor when places of public amusement, such as theme parks, gambling businesses, skating rinks, movie theaters, and others will be allowed to reopen. See a full list of indoor and outdoor places that remain closed here.

Click here for more details on the state's "Responsible RestartOhio" plan.