UPDATE: Late Thursday night, Dr. Acton signed the new Stay Safe Ohio order. Read the full order here.
COLUMBUS (WCMH) — During Thursday’s press conference on coronavirus in Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine announced the state’s stay-at-home order will be extended, with exceptions, but did not announce a specific date for the extension.
“The stay at home order will be extended with the exceptions,” DeWine explained. “When retail opens up that certainly will be a major exception for that. Certainly it’s an exception in just a few days when manufacturing and other companies are allowed to start back so, it will be extended.”
More details on the extension of the order are expected to be provided during Friday’s press conference, which you can stream live right here on NBC4i.com at 2 p.m.
“We want to open up, but we must protect the public,” DeWine stressed. “It’s why we have specific protocols, and it’s why we are layering the openings.”
Back on April 2, Gov. DeWine extended Ohio’s stay-at-home order until May 1. Health care procedures that do not require an overnight hospital stay can move forward starting Friday, May 1.
In his Monday announcement on the plan to reopen Ohio, Gov. DeWine said retail shops across Ohio can begin reopening May 12 as long as they follow strict rules to keep both customers and employees safe.
DeWine has not yet announced when restaurants, barbershops, salons and other service industries can reopen, but he has set up a group to make their reopen possible.
Here’s a recap of when different businesses and procedures can move forward and reopen:
Timeline for phase one of reopening Ohio:
- May 1 – Health care procedures that do not require an overnight hospital stay in Ohio can move forward
- May 4 – Manufacturing, distribution and construction will be opened up
- May 4 – General offices will be able to reopen. Companies are asked to have employees work from home if possible
- May 12 – Retail businesses, with employees and customers wearing masks
- Businesses like salons, gyms and restaurants will have to wait to see how the first reopenings go