Written By: Ishton W. Morton – May 8th, 2020
Singing Glory Hallelujah! Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and day spas in Ohio gets the OK to open up on Friday, May 15th, 2020 with guidelines.
These businesses are in addition to others laid out by the governor back in April. Health care procedures that do not require an overnight stay were permitted to resume May 1st, including dental procedures and veterinarians. Manufacturing, distribution, construction and general business environments followed on May 4th, and all retailers can resume business on May 12th, 2020
Thusly, on Thursday, May 7th, 2020 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced another round of business reopening. However, several other businesses have been left in the dark.
Subsequently, according to officials by the end of the month, approximately 90% of the state’s economy will be up and running. However, for the 10% of businesses that shall remain shuttered their future continues to quite unclear.
Accordingly, among those businesses that will continue to be closed are child care services, gyms, movie theaters, public pools, recreation centers, bowling alleys and campgrounds.
Also, the future for sporting events and other mass gatherings are containing to extremely hazy. Meanwhile, plans to lift travel restrictions still have not been discussed.
DeWine said he plans to release information on reopening child care services Monday, but did not provide such promises to the other business groups.
Also, on Thursday DeWine said, “This is a marathon, not a sprint. We are in it for the long haul. As Ohioans, we need to know that we’re not going to get through this quickly.”
Additionally, the governor said some things may not return this summer, such as mass gatherings. Festivals, concerts and professional sporting events with spectators may not come back in the summer of 2020.
Reprehensibly, this means, all May Festival concerts are canceled through May 31, 2020. In compliance with Governor Mike DeWine’s standing mass-gathering restrictions and his recent directive to stay at home, and in an effort to protect audiences, musicians, employees and the community from the spread of COVID-19, all May Festival performances through May 31, 2020 are canceled.
Evidently, ticket holders for canceled concerts are encouraged to consider donating the value of their ticket back for a tax credit or converting their ticket into a gift certificate.
Nearly one-third of audiences have chosen to donate their tickets for canceled performances so far, which helps the May Festival tremendously during this extraordinarily challenging time.
The governor conceded the entire process is extremely problematic. The decision to reopen this much business is a colossal gamble.
He added; “It’s a gamble. We’re on a road that has never been traveled before in Ohio. It’s a road with danger signs on it. The danger is that we relax and pull back. That we say ‘OK, things are better, we don’t need to distance. If we relax and take things for granted, things will not go the way we want them to go. We don’t want to see a spike and be forced to decide if we pull back again on the economy. What we all do today will determine where this state goes. This is all in our hands.”
Moreover, on Thursday DeWine continued to say, Ohio’s restaurants and bars can reopen in two phases. Bars and restaurants can first resume outdoor service beginning May 15. Indoor dining service can resume the following week of Thursday, May 21st, 2020. But there will be several regulations in place that both employees and customers must adhere to, including maximum of 10 parties.