Governor Outlines Plan to Reopen Ohio Businesses


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Governor Mike DeWne has outlined a plan to reopen Ohio's businesses, beginning this Friday, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

His original stay-at-home order expires May 1st, and at that time, elective procedures at hospitals that do not require an overnight stay will be permitted to resume.

On May 4th, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, construction sites, and office spaces will be allowed to reopen. All of which will be required to adhere to strict standards of social distancing, wearing of masks, and proper cleaning and sanitizing.

On May 12th, retail businesses will be allowed to reopen, also adhering to proper social distancing and cleaning standards laid out by the Ohio Department of Health, and the CDC.

DeWine Monday did not lay out a timeline for reopening establishments like bars, restaurant dining rooms, daycare centers, salons and barber shops, bowling alleys, concert venues, and other large gathering venues.

As of Monday, there were just over 16,000 cases of coronavirus in Ohio, with 753 deaths, and just over 3,000 cases requiring hospitalization. Nearly 1,000 cases required admission to the ICU.

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