Massage, tattoo, piercing businesses allowed to reopen on May 15 with new protocols

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Posted at 2:31 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 14:31:15-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Massage parlors, tattoo shops and piercing businesses will be allowed to reopen on Friday, May 15, alongside barbershops, salons and restaurants offering patio dining, said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

Husted said Tuesday that the issues around these businesses have been resolved by their respective regulatory agencies, and they will be allowed to reopen Friday with new protocols specific to them. Husted said those protocols will be available on the state’s Responsible RestartOhio website this afternoon.

Husted said they are still working to form plans and protocols to allow the reopening of those business and events that remain shuttered and canceled, including casinos, gyms, fitness centers, fairs and other entertainment sites.

“We are working as quickly as we can on fairs, outdoor recreation, camping and sports and the like…because we know that these are time-sensitive issues with Ohioans trying to make plans for their summer, and make plans with their children as well,” Husted said.

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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.