Child care facilities to remain closed, DeWine says

Gov. DeWine gives coronavirus response update

COLUMBUS, Ohio(FOX19) - As many people head back to work and retail and service companies reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, daycare facilities in Ohio will remain closed.

Gov. Mike DeWine said he was going to announce the plan for reopening those and the guidelines, however, on Monday, he said they are still working on it.

“It’s very important that we get this right. We don’t want to announce a date until we have the protocols in place. We’re focusing on the safety of the kids, their families, and the employees,” he said.

DeWine said he does not intend to move forward to open them until Ohio has the most science-based and safety-based plan that the state can put together.

“To be candid: The mistakes I’ve made in my career have come about when I haven’t had all the facts or didn’t dig deep enough -- so this process is continuing. Reopening childcare centers is simply too important to do so without all the best information and protocols in place,” he said.

Most child care centers have been shut down for weeks.

In March, DeWine ordered them to operate under a temporary pandemic child care license.

The order requires each center to limit six children per room and parent interactions during drop-off and pick-up.

The short-term license gives daycare centers a way to keep serving children whose parents are health care, safety, and essential workers.

After weeks and weeks of staying home, Ohioans will soon be able to return to some normalcy as the state begins to reopen this week.

Some Tri-State malls say they will be back open on Tuesday, May 12 as indicated in guidance on a phased-in reopening of the state following coronavirus closures.

Kenwood Towne Center, Tri-County Mall, Eastgate Mall and Cincinnati Premium Outlets will all reopen on that date.

Hair salons, nail salons, and barbershops can open on Friday, May 15.

People with appointments will have to wait in the car, only people with appointments can enter the facility. Lobbies and waiting areas will have social distancing marked.

Masks will be worn by stylists/barbers. Customers may be asked to wear a mask or face covering during their appointment.

For bars and restaurants, outside dining will begin on Friday, May 15, and inside dining on Thursday, May 21.

In Ohio bars and restaurants, floor plans will be created to follow social distancing guidelines.

All must be separated by physical barriers and parties must be 10 people or fewer.

By Tuesday, 90 percent of Ohio’s economy will be open, according to DeWine.

On Monday, DeWine announced JobsOhio and Ohio Commerce will offer a one-time rebate to bars and restaurants to defray the cost of restocking high-proof liquor.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are 24,777 cases and 1,357 deaths.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced a big ramp-up that started on April 29.

As of May 11, Ohio can give 14,725 tests per day.

This graphic shows the ramp up of COVID-19 testing in Ohio over the next five weeks.
This graphic shows the ramp up of COVID-19 testing in Ohio over the next five weeks. (Source: Ohio Department of Health)

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