DeWine issues new order on day cares; maximum of 6 children per room

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued new orders for child care centers in the state.

In a press conference on Sunday, DeWine announced all child care centers must operate under a “Temporary Pandemic Child Care” license and must have no more than six children per room.

The order also says the ratio will be one teacher to no more than six children and to limit the use of shared space. If a shared space is used, there must be a rigorous cleaning schedule.

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“The number of kids in daycare has gone down dramatically. At the beginning of this, there were 117,000 kids in daycare subsidized by Ohio. That number has gone down to 17,000,” DeWine said on Twitter.

The order will go into effect starting Thursday and is expected to operate until April 30 with the potential to extend as needed.

Also on Sunday, DeWine said Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued a stay-at-home order for the state beginning Monday night at 11:59 p.m.

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