COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. Mike DeWine said on Monday that a handful of public health orders related to the coronavirus that are to expire Wednesday have been extended for a week.
DeWine said his team is working on each of the sectors’ operations, to revise how they operate now that they’ve been open with limits.
To buy extra time, he said Monday was just going to extend the orders for an extra week. On Thursday, he will announce how he’s changing each sector’s limits.
“These plans will take us into the next phase, a distinct and different phase of continuing to keep Ohio open as we head into the second half of 2020,” DeWine said.
The orders over the following nine sectors were due to expire 11:59 p.m. July 1.
1. Reopening bars and restaurants to dine-in service, with exceptions.
This order began May 14. It specifies how restaurants and bars can reopen. Some of the restrictions include bars requiring everyone to be seated at tables, and bars and restaurants considering social distancing in their floor plans, plus more hand washing and more cleaning. Employees are supposed to wear masks and some establishments have required their patrons to wear them before and after ordering, too.
2. Also on May 14 was an order that reopens hair and nail salons, day spas, barber shops, tattoo parlors, body piercing businesses and tanning facilities.
Salons, for example, require people to wait in their cars or outside the building before their appointment. There’s more cleaning, and walk-in appointments only allow one person — unless it’s a parent with a child. Employees wear masks and at many salons, clients do, too.
3. Camp Safe Ohio.
Campgrounds were allowed to reopen with limitations May 26. There have been rules for vendors, such as regular disinfecting of facilities, limiting campsite and building occupancy, closing nonessential areas and banning non-registered visitors.
4. Baseball, softball, batting cages, golf courses, miniature golf, local and public pools and aquatic centers, tennis facilities, skills training for all sports, general noncontact sports — such as bowling alleys.
The activities were allowed to reopen under the Responsible Restart Ohio plan. Before practice, baseball and softball coaches and players are supposed to check symptoms daily, and stay at home if unwell. During practice they are to stay six-feet apart — except when the ball is in play. Team water coolers and shared drinking stations have been prohibited.
Golf course operators are supposed to disable ever third locker to enforce six-feet distancing.
5. Limited reopening of gyms, dance students and other personal fitness venues.
Gyms are required to distance customers and regularly sanitize equipment. Many gyms require members to wear masks while working out.
Dance classes are to reduce class sizes, if necessary to maintain social distancing.
6. Closure of all K-12 schools in Ohio.
Ohio was the first state to close schools.
The original closure was for a few weeks. Then public and private schools were shuttered for the rest of the school year. DeWine wants buildings to be able to reopen in the fall, but hasn’t yet announced the details. He has said many of the decisions will be made at the local level.
7. Social distancing guidance for businesses.
This has included checks by the authorities to ensure businesses are complying.
8. Limited reopening of child care centers.
Classroom capacity for preschool and school-age children has been limited to nine, while it will be limited to six for infants and toddlers. Children will be greeted by caretakers wearing masks, and be given daily temperature checks. Those with a temperature of 100 or more will be sent home.
9. Limited reopening of youth day and residential camps.
Residential and day camps have been limited to one staffer for every nine kids, among other requirements.