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OhioMeansJobs hosting virtual job fair in June to fill thousands of positions in the Cleveland area

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Posted at 11:25 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 11:25:53-04

CLEVELAND — Since March, approximately 120,000 people in Cuyahoga County have filed for unemployment. At the same time, local companies are hiring thousands to fill positions in manufacturing, distribution and grocery stores. To help match job seekers with jobs, the county and the Mandel Foundation are partnering to fund a virtual job fair hosted by OhioMeansJobs.

Together, Mandel Foundation and the county have pledged $300,000 toward the creation of a virtual job fair slated for June. The virtual fair will serve as a platform for employers to describe their hiring needs, products, services and career pathways and the process of applying.

“One of the highest forms of philanthropy in our tradition is to help someone find work to support themselves,” said Steve Hoffman, president of the Mandel Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. “That’s what we hope this project will do for many of our neighbors in our county.”

With the transition from in-person job fairs to virtual ones, the county has partnered with PCs for People to provide 1,000 job seekers with computers, hotspots and three months of internet access to assist during their search.

OhioMeansJobs is still looking for companies to participate in the virtual job fairs. If you’re a company hiring, call 216-777-8202.

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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.