Numerous Reopening Dates Announced for Ohio Businesses


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant-Governor Jon Husted spent their Thursday coronavirus press briefing announcing opening dates, and new regulations, for numerous aspects of the state's economy.

Bars and restaurants are allowed to welcome back outdoor diners today, and salons and barber shops are resuming business as well. On May 26th, gyms, fitness centers, low or no-contact sports leagues, and public swimming pools can reopen. The pools will need regulation from the local health department.

Husted says according to the CDC there is no evidence that coronavirus can spread through the water.

Ohio's BMV offices can also reopen on May 26th, but Husted asks that Ohioans do most of their renewal work online, to cut down on in-person visits.

On May 31st, Ohio's daycare centers can reopen, with plenty of new regulations as well. DeWine says small class sizes are required, and temperatures will be taken daily. Parents are also asked to wear a mask when picking up and dropping off their child.

There will be playground and outdoor activities at daycare centers, but no field trips. Hand-washing multiple times a day is expected, and facilities will need to be cleaned multiple times a day.

DeWine says he wants to create the safest child care system in the country.