Ohio announces reopening dates for several businesses from coronavirus shutdown

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held his coronavirus news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday. He was joined by Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

DeWine announced childcare centers can reopen on May 31 with a reduced number of students and increased cleaning. Husted said day camps will open the same day. The protocols will be released by the end of the day Friday.

Ohio Bureau of Motors Vehicles will open on May 26. Gyms and swimming pools are allowed to reopen on May 26.

Non-contact and limited contact sports, including golf, softball, baseball and tennis, can resume on May 26. A date for basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey and field hockey has not been determined. Husted said volleyball and gymnastics present their own set of challenges.

Campgrounds can reopen on May 21.

Horse racing can resume on May 22 if safety protocols can be met. Spectators will be prohibited. This does not apply to casinos and racinos.

“Each and everyone of us should be judicious. We have choices to make,” Acton said. “Help support these actions. Help support these businesses succeed by going about this carefully.”

The Ohio Department of Health said there were 26,357 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state with 1,534 deaths. In the last 24 hours, 636 cases, 51 deaths, 100 hospitalizations and 20 intensive care admissions were reported to the state health department.

Ohio counties with the most coronavirus cases:

  • Franklin: 4,227
  • Cuyahoga: 3,066
  • Marion: 2,431
  • Pickaway: 1,990
  • Hamilton: 1,927

Ohio counties with the most coronavirus deaths:

  • Lucas: 195
  • Cuyahoga: 157
  • Franklin: 150
  • Mahoning: 138
  • Hamilton: 105

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