Written By: Ishton W. Morton – April 30th, 2020
On Monday, April 27th, 2020 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made public the first phase of his plan to reopen the state’s economy by laying out solid and precise dates as to when certain businesses may recommence doing business.
According to Governor DeWine, the state’s stay-at-home order that is scheduled to be terminated on Thursday, May 1st, 2020 will continue in effect as the state set in motion to reopen. Nonetheless, the extent to which the stay-at-home order will continue was not presented.
Nonetheless, DeWine’s reopening plans identified three precise dates. The dates are as follows: Day 1 Thursday, May 1st, day 2 Monday, May 4th, and day 3 Tuesday, May 12th, 2020.
Subsequently, reopening dates for other businesses which shall include restaurants, gyms, bars and hair salons were not provided. Moreover, the governor added more monitoring needs to be done.
Accordingly, DeWine; “There are a lot of moving parts here. This is the just beginning as we to continue to move forward hopefully without falling back and having a huge spike in cases. There are a lot of things everyone can do to decrease the impact and get people back to work.”
However, back on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 Dr. Amy Acton State of Ohio Medical Director issued an order addressing nonessential medical procedures in the state. Thusly, many of these procedures were put on hold in attempts to free-up hospital beds and conserve personal protective equipment.
On day 1 (one) Thursday, May 1st; All health care procedures that will not required overnight stay in a hospital can commence moving forward. Also, dentists and veterinarians can re-activate.
On day 2 (two) Monday, May 4th; Manufacturing, distribution and construction will be re-opening. Also on May 4, general office environments can reopen in Ohio. However, the governor continues to encourage people to work from home as much as possible.
Seemingly day (3) Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 is the big day when consumer and retail services shall be reopening.
Moreover Governor DeWine said; “In order to open, the all Ohio businesses must follow five protocols. Those protocols include mandatory masks.”
Also, he required face coverings for employees and clients/customers at all times. Adding conduct daily health assessments by employers and employees (self-evaluated) to determine if “fit for duty.” Maintain good hygiene at all times, hand-washing and social distancing. Clean and sanitize workplaces through workday and at the close of business or between shifts. Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines. Establish maximum capacity at 50% of fire code, and use appointment setting where possible to limit congestion.”
However, according to state officials, these proposals doesn’t mean that Ohioans need to wear masks when leaving the home. But when entering businesses, a face covering will be required.
DeWine continued to say; “We’re not mandating that you wear masks when you walk out of your house to see your neighbor, but we recommend it. Wearing face coverings won’t happen forever, but if we want to get back to work, we have to protect our employees. To not wear masks would be negligent and a mistake. We have to protect these employees.”
In support of Governor DeWine, state officials said the idea for mandatory masks came from the state’s business task force.
In response, DeWine said, “The virus is still out there. It is still killing people. The more we open up, and the more contacts you have — no matter how careful you are — cases are going to go up. This is a balance. To throw the doors open on May 1 would be totally irresponsible.”
Although the plan is calling to reopen the state the Responsible Restarting Ohio the governor maintained; “We’re asking Ohioans to be reasonable, be rational. Don’t take huge chances. Use common sense on when you go out and where.”
However, reportedly, on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 The Ohio Department of Health shared that 799 people have died from the virus with 16,769 total COVID-19 cases and 3,340 hospitalizations.