CINCINNATI (FOX19) - On Tuesday, Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced more businesses will be allowed to reopen in the state.
Retailers in Ohio opened their doors Tuesday for the first time in weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, but with strict guidelines in place.
Shops are following protocols put in place by Gov. Mike Dewine and state officials to keep customers and employees safe.
Hair salons, nail salons, and barbershops can open on Friday, May 15.
On Tuesday, Husted announced massage parlors and tattoo and piercing shops can also open on May 15 with proper safety protocols.
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.
On Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine said child care facilities will remain closed.
“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.
Husted says groups are continuing to work on when fairs, outdoor recreation and camping can begin.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are 25,250 cases and 1,436 deaths.
Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton says the is in a “plateau” based on the case numbers and noted that long-term care residents are 16% of state’s COVID-19 cases.
“To keep this economy open and to keep employees safe, please wear your face coverings,” she said.
Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran announced the “Staying Connected” program and said they are working with families, facilities and health experts to come up with a way for people to stay connected with loved ones in nursing homes.
Staying Connected will offer a free, daily check-in phone call for older adults aged 60+.
Corcoran said since mid-March a team of 15 people have been focused on long-term residence issues.
Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture for its Pandemic EBT plan.
It will allow ODJFS to distribute SNAP benefits to 850,000 students across Ohio who relied on free or reduced-price meal programs when school was in session to have access to a hot, nutritious meal.
The benefits will be mailed directly to students, and families do not need to apply to be eligible.
Families will receive about $300 to purchase healthy and nutritious foods to feed their children.
These benefits amount to more than $250 million that will go to Ohio’s grocery stores and other eligible retailers.