COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine laid out his plan to return Ohioans to work with coronavirus concerns addressed today.
DeWine announced four dates in the foreseeable future, with Friday, May 1 for medical concerns; Monday, May 4 for manufacturing, distribution and construction companies and offices; and Sunday, May 12 for consumer, retail and service businesses reopening.
The “stay-at-home” orders will be modified but remain in place. People can leave to work. The limit of 10 people to a gathering will remain in effect, DeWine said.
On Friday, May 1, all health procedures not requiring an overnight stay in the hospital could move forward. Overnight stays are still permitted if there’s a chance of harming the life, dealing with pain or causing lasting damage if it’s not handled promptly.
Dentists and veterinarians are also allowed to work at full speed Friday, May 1.
Manufacturing, distribution and construction may reopen on Monday, May 4. Any company opening or already open must follow five protocols for all businesses: Require face coverings; conduct daily health assessments; maintain good hygiene; clean and sanitize; and limit capacity to meet social distancing to 50% of fire code. Businesses should use appointment when possible.
Businesses should report employees or customer infections to the local health department, DeWine said.
Manufacturers must keep 6 feet between people or install barriers. They’re also asked to disinfect desks and workstations. They’re asked to stagger work shifts, breaks and lunches.
On May 4, general offices can open as well.
On May 12, consumer, retail and services can reopen as well. All employees should wear a facial covering. So should customers, DeWine said, but “we’re not going to mandate that.”
Read more about this story in Tuesday’s The Lima News.