Ohio Daycare Centers Now Need Pandemic License


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Beginning today, Ohio daycare centers that are still in operation under the stay-at-home order now need a special pandemic license.

Governor Mike DeWine earlier announced the new regulations for the facilities, which now require at least one instructor or adult supervisor per six children.

There are also strict rules regarding the number of people that can be in one room together at the facilities.

Parents are also being asked to continue practicing "social distancing" when they drop off and pick up their children.

The Ohio Department of job and Family Services is handling the applications and certifications of the child care centers.

State officials say when the pandemic began, the number of children that remained in child care fell by nearly 90%