Governor Orders All Ohioans to Stay at Home; Key Resources for Ohioans

Government Relations & Legislation
March 22, 2020
 

In consultation with the Governor, Dr. Amy Acton, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health, has issued an order requiring all Ohioans to stay at home beginning on Monday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. through at least April 6.

The order permits the following exceptions – allowing people to leave home for:

  • To participate in essential activities – health and safety, supplies and outside exercise.
  • To work in essential businesses.
  • To care for others.

Governor DeWine said the state is using the Department of Homeland Security list of essential business categories as the base for the list of what qualifies as an essential business, and the state has further expanded upon the federal list. Click to review a PDF of the Ohio order attached here.

In addition to listing the exception, the order also outlines the measures that must be implemented by businesses that are staying open.

The order may be enforced by local health departments and local law enforcement.

In addition to the closure order, the Governor said that:

  • Beginning Thursday, all daycare centers must have a temporary pandemic daycare license in order to continue operating. Only six children will be allowed per room. The center must limit the use of shared spaces and will be subject to rigorous cleaning schedules. The order will be in place until at least April 30.
  • He will be asking the legislature to act on cancelling all state-mandated testing of primary school students.

Please contact your Calfee attorney for more information on how the closure will be implemented.


Key Resources for Ohioans


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