COVID-19 Stay Safe Ohio Order

May 1, 2020 — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that the Ohio Department of Health has issued a "Stay Safe Ohio Order." The new order, which incorporates the openings of businesses and services announced as part of the Responsible RestartOhio plan, will replace the previous "Stay at Home" order, which expires at 11:59 p.m. tonight.

The "Stay Safe Ohio Order" is available on Ohio’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

Manufacturing, distribution and construction. Manufacturing, distribution and construction businesses that were ordered to cease all activities pursuant to the April 2, 2020, Amended Director of Health Order that ordered all persons in the State to stay home unless engaged in essential work or activity, shall stay closed until May 4, 2020. Effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 4, 2020, the closed manufacturing, distribution and construction businesses may reopen, subject to the Sector Specific COVID-19 Information and Checklist for Businesses/Employers set fmih in Section 21 of this Order.

General Office Environments. General office environments that were ordered to cease all activities pursuant to the April 2, 2020, Amended Director of Health Order that ordered all persons in the State to stay home unless engaged in essential work or activity, shall stay closed until May 4, 2020. Effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 4, 2020, the closed general office environments may reopen, subject to the Sector Specific COVID-19 Information and Checklist for Businesses/Employers set f01ih in Section 21 of this Order. Businesses should strongly encourage as many employees as possible to work from home by implementing policies in areas such as teleworking and video conferencing, subject to the discretion of the employer.

Retail. Retail establishments and facilities that were ordered to cease all activities pursuant to the April 2, 2020, Amended Director of Health Order that ordered all persons in the State to stay home unless engaged in essential work or activity, shall stay closed until May 12, 2020. Effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 12, 2020, the closed retail establishments and facilities may reopen, subject to the Sector Specific COVID-19 Information and Checklist for Businesses/Employers set fo1ih in Section 21 of this Order. Currently closed retail establishments and facilities, that will restrict their operations to curbside pickup, delivery or appointment-only (limited to 10 customers at any one time) may reopen effective May 1 at 11 :59 p.m.

Closed Businesses and Operations. For the purposes of this Order, the following businesses and operations are to remain closed until this Order is amended or rescinded:

  • K-12 schools and daycares.
  • Restaurants and bars.
    • Carry-out and delivery services are permitted.
  • Personal appearance/beauty services.
    • Includes hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, body piercing locations, tanning facilities, massage therapy locations and similar businesses. 
  • Older adult day care services and senior centers.
  • Adult day support or vocational habilitation services in congregate settings.
  • Rooming and boarding houses, and workers’ camps.
  • Entertainment/recreation/gymnasium sites.
  • Includes, but is not limited to:
    • All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, such as:
      • Laser tag facilities, roller skating rinks, ice skating rinks, arcades, indoor miniature golf facilities, bowling alleys, indoor trampoline parks, indoor water parks, arcades, and adult and child skill or chance game facilities remain closed.
      • Gambling industries.
      • Auditoriums, stadiums, arenas.
      • Movie theatres, performance theatres, and concert and music halls
      • Public recreation 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 (RV) parks.
      • Excludes people living in campground RVs with no other viable place of residence.
      • Excludes people living in cabins, mobile homes, or other fixed structures that are meant for single families and where preexisting residential activity already has been established. (E.g., for people who have part-time preestablished residences at campgrounds for the summer months.)