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DeWine: Healthcare, manufacturing, retail services to reopen under strict guidelines

Updated: Apr. 27, 2020 at 10:35 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - A phased-in reopening of Ohio will begin in May, Governor Mike DeWine announced on Monday.

Starting on May 1, Gov. DeWine says healthcare services can begin to reopen:

  • All health procedures or operations that do not require overnight stays can be performed
  • Dental procedures can resume
  • Veterinarians

On May 4, construction, manufacturing, and distribution can begin, but need to follow these strict guidelines:

Also on May 4, general office environments can reopen:

  • Governor asks businesses to continue having employees work from home if possible.

Consumer and retail services can reopen on May 12.

  • Every retail service will also have to follow strict guidelines put in place by the governor:

“We know there is a great desire to get restaurants fully open and get hair salons and daycares/schools open -- but we must first start down the pathway of opening things up where we thought there was less risk and a more a controllable risk,” Gov. DeWine explained.

Even though the governor offered sympathy for what parents have had to go through, he said it is difficult to control environments within daycares and schools.

Businesses that are able to reopen under the governor’s order must follow these five protocols:

  • Require face coverings for employees and clients/customers at all times.
  • Conduct daily health assessments by employers and employees (self-evaluation) to determine if “fit for duty.”
  • Maintain good hygiene at all times - hand washing and social distancing.
  • Clean and sanitize workplaces throughout workday and at the close of business or between shifts.
  • Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.

Restaurants, salons, daycares and schools are not able to reopen under this initial phase of the governor’s order.

“We know there is a great desire to get restaurants fully open and get hair salons and daycares/schools open -- but we must first start down the pathway of opening things up where we thought there was less risk and a more a controllable risk,” Gov. DeWine explained.

Even though the governor offered sympathy for what parents have had to go through, he said it is difficult to control environments within daycares and schools.

Other businesses that are to remain closed include:

  • Bars
  • Entertainment
  • Older adult daycare services and senior centers
  • Adult day support or vocational habilitation services in group settings
  • Gyms
  • Public Amusement (Indoor or Outdoor):
  • Aquariums, zoos, museums, historical sites, and similar institutions
  • Parades, fairs, festivals, carnivals
  • Public recreation centers and indoor sports facilities

The Stay-At-Home order remains in place so gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited.

As Ohio moves into its reopening phase, there has been a positive trend recently for the state.

Ohio’s daily number of new cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are lower now than in comparison to five days ago on April 23, according to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH):

  • Cases:
  • Deaths:
  • Hospitalizations:

Daily testing numbers are also expected to increase week-by-week in May, Governor DeWine pointed out on Monday.

ODH estimates 14,725 daily tests starting on May 6.

Three weeks later, ODH estimates daily testing amounts to be at 22,275 tests.

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