COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday that businesses across the state could begin the process of reopening as early as May 1st, when the current stay-at-home order expires.
DeWine says many factors will have to be taken into consideration before shops can reopen again, like a reduction in the number of Coronavirus cases across the state, businesses adhering to proper social distancing standards, and protecting workers and patrons from spreading Coronavirus.
DeWine noted he's confident "Ohioans will also live up to the challenge of doing things differently."
The original stay-at-home order began on March 16th. Since the pandemic started, as of Thursday, Ohio has reported more than 8,200 cases, and 389 deaths.