DeWine announces "Stay Safe Ohio Order" in effect until May 29

Columbus, Ohio -- June 19, 2019 (WBNS-10TV)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Friday that the Ohio Department of Health has issued a "Stay Safe Ohio Order." The new order, which includes the reopening of more businesses and services, will replace the previous stay-at-home order, which expires at 11:59 p.m.

READ: New "Stay Safe Ohio Order"

The governor first issued the stay-at-home order back on March 22 before extending it until May 1.

“The stay at home order will be extended with the exceptions,” DeWine said Thursday. “When retail opens up that certainly will be a major exception for that. Certainly, it’s an exception in just a few days when manufacturing and other companies are allowed to start back so, it will be extended.”

The exceptions the governor is referring to goes back to earlier this week when he announced the first steps in reopening parts of the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Friday, all health care procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a hospital can move forward. This includes dentists and veterinarians. This will be followed by manufacturing, distribution, construction and general office environments on May 4 and retail businesses on May 12.

DeWine added that the order will still include the same exceptions from the original order for leaving home including health and safety, for necessary supplies and services, and for outdoor activity.

Businesses that must remain closed through the new order include:

  • Schools
  • Restaurants and bars (carryout still permitted)
  • Personal appearance / beauty
  • Adult day support or vocational habilitation services in a congregate setting
  • Older adult day care services and senior centers
  • Child care services
  • Entertainment / recreation / gymnasiums

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