Is Ohio open for business today? #humor

Posted By on May 1, 2020

I can see it now, after being under the Coronavirus stay-at-home orders for the past 6 weeks or so, people are going to be excited to exit the safety of their cocoons … finally a taste of freedom again. Let’s just hope we don’t make foolish stumbles and ignore commonsense precautions. Be smart people!


Phase 1

Friday, May 1: Hospital, medical, dental and veterinary services that don’t require an overnight hospital stay.

Monday, May 4: Construction, distribution, manufacturing, offices
Tuesday, May 12: Consumer, retail and service businesses

Rules and guidelines

Businesses are required to do the following if they open in the coming weeks:
  • Ensure 6 feet between people and if not possible, install barriers
  • Make sure face coverings are worn at all times.
  • Stagger or limit arrivals of employees and guests.
  • Disinfect desk and workstations daily.
  • Change shift patterns and stagger lunch and break times.
  • Establish a maximum capacity.
  • If a case is confirmed, isolate and seek care for the person, contact local health district and shut down shop/floor for deep sanitation.

Businesses are encouraged to:

  • Provide a stipend to employees for private transportation
  • Close cafeterias and gathering spaces or regularly clean them
  • Disinfect entire facility daily
  • Test all suspected infections or exposures and work with local health departments to help with contact tracing
  • Establish a temperature-taking protocol

Still closed

The following are still closed under the governor’s stay-at-home order:

  • Restaurant dining rooms and bars
  • schools and daycares
  • Salons, barbershops and beauty services
  • Tattoo parlors and tanning facilities
  • Massage therapy locations
  • Adult day care and senior centers
  • Entertainment and amusement centers such as bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, trampoline parks, water parks and arcades
  • Casinos and racinos
  • Auditoriums, stadiums and arenas
  • Movie theaters, performance theaters, and concert and music halls
  • Public rec centers and indoor sports facilities
  • Parades, fairs, festivals, and carnivals
  • Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor water parks, children’s play centers, playgrounds and funplexes
  • Aquariums, zoos, museums, historical sites and similar institutions
  • Country clubs and social clubs
  • Spectator sports, recreational sports tournaments and organized recreational sports leagues
  • Health clubs, fitness centers, workout facilities, gyms and yoga studios
  • Swimming pools, whether public or private, except swimming pools for single households
  • Residential and day camps
  • Campgrounds, including recreational camps and recreational vehicle parks, with an exception for people living there as their primary residence


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