Written By: Ishton W. Morton – May 12th, 2020
This is the day! On Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said; “We’ve set out the guidelines of what businesses have to do.”
Subsequently, today retail shops in Ohio have been given the green light to re-open for business. However, on the contrary customers are still expecting to tolerate major changes as they head back to the stores.
Similarly the same, store owners and shoppers have been preparing from that first interaction for months, making necessary changes in order to follow state and CDC guidelines.
Several Cincinnati area malls, including the three major malls, Tri-County, Kenwood and EastGate Mall shall be reopening. They are in one accord that they shall be adhering to the new guidelines with restrictions like closing off food court seating, play areas and stroller rentals. However, shopping centers such as the Rookwood Commons on Monday were already inside making preparations for reopening on this day.
Make no mistake. DeWine detailed absolute mandatory and voluntary changes for businesses and customers needed to make as part of the Responsible Restart Ohio plan.
Moreover, Governor DeWine said; “Every business needs to follow a five-step guideline to ensure health and safety of workers and customers.”
- Require face coverings for employees and clients/customers at all times.
- Conduct daily health assessments by employers and employees (self-evaluation) to determine if “fit for duty.”
- Maintain good hygiene at all times — hand-washing and social distancing.
- Clean and sanitize workplaces throughout workday and at close of business or between shifts.
- Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines by establishing maximum capacity at 50% of fire code and use appointment setting where possible to limit congestion.
To read more about Ohio’s retail reopening plan guidelines here.
Also, the mandatory guidelines for employees include: ensure 6 feet distance if possible, install barriers, require employees stay home if symptomatic, regular hand-washing, place hand sanitizers in high-contact locations and clean hand touch items.
Additionally, DeWine is requiring businesses to specify at-risk hours, asking customers not to enter the location if symptomatic and staggering entrance of customers.
Furthermore, the governor mandated signs and barriers needs to be installed at each location containing information and directives if anyone is displaying symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, must be isolated and seek immediate medical care. Thus any such business must then immediately shut down and conduct or undergo an intensive deep sanitation process.
As reported by WLWT5 NEWS, Carrie Karibo, who runs a bridal shop in Reading that bears her name, said she has taken extra steps ahead of appointments.
Reportedly, Karibo continued to say, “It’s all about keeping it upbeat and fun as well as keeping everybody safe.” Karibo will be asking customers to wear masks just as employees do.
Accordingly, many other stores shall continue to offer other options such as curbside pickup and delivery as back-up opening plan.