COLUMBUS, Ohio– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is extending the stay-at-home order through May 1 to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The new order takes effect Monday night, where the current order expires. It also includes the following updates:
- The requirement that essential businesses determine and enforce a maximum number of customers allowed in a store at one time. These businesses must ensure that people waiting to enter the stores maintain safe social distancing.
- Direction that travelers arriving to Ohio should self-quarantine for 14 days. Exceptions include persons who live and work in trans-border areas, heath care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Ohio if they are displaying symptoms, excepting in certain circumstances for medical care.
- The mandate that wedding receptions be limited to no more than 10 people.
- A clarification to close campgrounds with the exception where a camper or recreational vehicle in a campground serves as a citizen’s permanent residence and they are unable to secure safe alternative housing.
- The requirement that public swimming pools and swimming pools at private clubs or housing complexes close to prevent transmission of COVID-19. This does not apply to private residential pools.
- The clarification that retail garden centers can remain open but should determine and enforce a reduced capacity to keep customers and employees safe.
- The closure of day camps for children.
- The prohibition of organized youth and adult sports.
- The clarification that fishing is permitted if proper social distancing is practiced.
“We are going to continue to see the numbers go up no matter what we do, but we can do all we can to keep the numbers down,” DeWine said.
The governor said the order also creates a board to help when two local health departments come to a different conclusion on what is an essential business.
It also asks retailers to determine how many people can be inside a store at one time to prevent overcrowding.
“These businesses must ensure that people waiting to enter the stores must maintain safe social distancing,” DeWine said.
The official order comes from Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.