Ohio BMVs to reopen later in May, date for restaurants expected soon

Ohio BMVs to reopen later in May, date for restaurants expected soon
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While Ohio begins the process of reopening its economy, the state's Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations remain closed.

On Monday, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that while that will remain the case until further notice, he expects the state's BMVs to reopen later this month, although an exact date has not yet been set.

When Ohio's BMVs do reopen, it will be with new safety measures aimed at increasing physical distancing amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Additionally, Ohio plans to expand its Get In Line, Online program to all deputy registrar locations that do not already have the service in order to help avoid large crowds and provide an orderly process.

BMVs in Ohio have been closed since March 18.

In addition to BMVs, Gov. Mike DeWine said that he expects to share a date on when restaurants in the state will be reopening in "the next several days." Along with restaurants, gyms, hair salons and daycare centers currently remain closed.

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