CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced child care providers in the state may return to normal, statutory ratios and class sizes beginning Aug. 9.
DeWine said the providers have a choice to get a subsidy and maintain their current lower ratios or they can go back to the normal statutory ratio.
“Even with increased classroom sizes, child care providers will still have to comply with stringent health and safety requirements including face coverings for all staff, symptom and temperature checks, hand washing, frequent cleaning, etc.,” DeWine said.
He said the state will continue to closely monitor reports of COVID-19 in child care, as well as compliance with rules and best practices, and respond as needed to keep children, families, and teachers safe.
The rules child care providers must follow include:
- Face coverings for all staff and children over 10, unless they have a health exception.
- Symptom and temperature checks when staff and children arrive.
- Washing hands throughout the day, including upon arrival and before departure.
- Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces.
- Regular deep cleanings.
DeWine said beginning on or after Friday, July 31, all fairs in the state will now be junior fairs - livestock competitions and other 4-H and FFA competitions for kids and teens.
“Harness racing can proceed with no spectators, but we are prohibiting rides, games, and grandstand events going forward so that we can keep the crowds down,” he said. “We cannot have a regular, safe fair in Ohio. We simply cannot do that.”
Last week, DeWine announced Butler County was among four counties downgraded from a Level 3 to a Level 2 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are currently 86,497 cases and 3,382 deaths. 59,413 have presumably recovered.
“The good news is that we are starting to see a decrease in emergency department visits in recent days,” DeWine said.
DeWine also announced a statewide mandatory mask order.
Masks must be worn at all times when at an indoor location that’s not a residence. They must also be worn outdoors when unable to keep social distance from those not in your household and when waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation.
“Wearing masks will make a difference. It will determine what our fall looks like. We want kids to go back to school, we want to see sports - to do that it’s very important that all Ohioans wear a mask,” DeWine said.
On Monday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced restaurants will return to a capacity limit for indoor seating and freestanding bars will close statewide.
Under the governor’s order, indoor capacity at restaurants will be limited to 25%.
The closure of bars will last for two weeks.