Ohio Governor Extends and Strengthens Stay-at-Home Order


In consultation with Governor DeWine, Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, has issued a revised order requiring all Ohioans to stay at home beginning on April 6 (at the close of the current order) and extending until May 1 at 11:59 p.m.

The list of what qualifies as an essential business remains largely unchanged with two exceptions:

  • As with the previous order, the March 28 Department of Homeland Security’s list of essential business categories is incorporated by reference. That list was expanded to more accurately reflect e-commerce businesses.
  • The order closes places of public amusement, i.e., swimming pools, camps, day camps, zoos, museums, etc.

Today's order encompasses several new provisions, including:

  • Creates a dispute resolution panel to resolve any disparities of treatment across the counties and health districts. The Directors of the Department of Commerce and the Development Services Agency and the Chair of the Public Utilities Commission will serve on the panel. All decisions of the panel will be final, with no appeals.
  • Requires retail businesses to establish a maximum number of people who can be in the facility at any one time. The order does not set the number – it leaves it up to the individual business to assess their space and set a safe number.
  • Anyone entering Ohio from out-of-state must quarantine themselves for 14 days – with an exception for people who commute across state lines for work.
  • Requires wedding receptions to follow the mass gathering rules – no more than 10 people in one space.
  • State parks remain open; however, the Director of the Department of Natural Resources has the discretion to act to prevent mass gatherings if she sees particular parks or trails becoming crowded.

The order will be posted on the state’s COVID-19 webpage.

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