COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - On Thursday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said daycare and child care centers in Ohio can reopen on May 31.
“Our goal is to have the safest child care system in the nation. One that nurtures the health and continued growth and development of our children and one that protects the health and safety of our child care workers and teachers,” he said.
[DeWine’s full press conference is embedded below.]
The child care providers will be required to reduce the number of children in each classroom and intensify cleaning and handwashing practices.
Providers will wear masks, daily temperature taking will be routine and anyone with a temp of more than 100-degrees has to go home.
Only nine children will be allowed in classes. In infant rooms, only six children will be allowed.
Ohio is utilizing more than $60 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide reopening grants to all of Ohio’s child care providers.
“This includes family childcare, childcare centers, and both publicly-funded and private providers. All are eligible for this grant program,” DeWine said.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced day camps will also open on May 31. The safety protocols will be released Friday.
He also announced several other reopenings for the state:
- Campgrounds will open completely statewide on May 21.
- BMV’s will open on May 26. Services that can be accomplished online should still be done online.
- Gyms, fitness centers, and recreation centers can reopen on May 26.
- Sports leagues, non-contact, limited-contact sports, can be reestablished May 26. Other high-contact sports are still being considered.
- Pools can open on May 26 if they are regulated by local health departments. This does not include water parks or amusement parks.
- Horse racing can resume on May 22. However, spectators will be prohibited.
Retailers opened on Tuesday, May 12 as indicated in guidance on a phased-in reopening of the state following coronavirus closures.
Hair salons, nail salons, and barbershops can open on Friday, May 15.
On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Jon 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.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are 26,357 coronavirus cases and 1,534 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 the state’s COVID-19 cases.
“To keep this economy open and to keep employees safe, please wear your face coverings,” she said.