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Ohio’s Stay At Home Order Extended to May 1

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All Nonessential Businesses Remain Closed
Governor Mike DeWine and Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton issued an extension to the order requiring all Ohioans to stay at home unless they are engaged in Essential Work or Activity. The original mandate began on March 23 and is now effective until Friday, May 1, 2020. Amended Ohio Stay At Home Order.

The Governor also extended closures for all nonessential businesses.
Every business that stays open must follow good protocol in regard to health, such as social distancing, washing hands, and separate operating hours for at-risk populations.

Is Your Business Essential?
Ohio has adopted a very broad definition of what is considered essential. The order lists essential businesses and operations as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: health care and public health workers; law enforcement, public safety and first responders; food and agricultural workers; energy employees; waste and wastewater; transportation and logistics; public works; communications and information technology; community based government operations; critical manufacturing; hazardous materials; financial services; chemical workers; and defense industrial base

Additionally, the order clarifies essential businesses as stores that sell groceries and medicine; food, beverage, and licensed marijuana production and agriculture; organizations that provide charitable and social services; religious entities; news media; gas stations and businesses needed for transportation; financial and insurance institutions. The full list is available here.

Minimum Basic Operations are Allowed
Businesses are allowed to engage in minimum basic operations. These are activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, preserve the condition of the business’s physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits; or any activities to facilitate employees being able to continue to work remotely from their residences