Getting Back to Work
The following announcements were made Monday April 27th during DeWine’s 2 p.m. coronavirus briefing:
The state is working to have an estimated 1,750 workers needed to conduct contact tracing by June 1. This will include public health, volunteers and hired workers.
Protocols for any business include: required face coverings, daily health assessments, hand washing, social distancing, clean and sanitize workplaces throughout day and between shifts. Businesses will be allowed a maximum of 50 percent of the fire code capacity and appointments if possible.
On May 1, all health procedures that can be done that do not require an overnight stay in a hospital can resume. Dentist and Veterinarians can resume normal operations.
On May 4, manufacturing, distribution, general offices and construction will be permitted to reopen. Six feet must be between each employee. If that can’t be accomplished, install barriers.
On May 12, consumer retail and services will be allowed to reopen. All employees and customers should wear facing coverings while in the businesses. This will include every retail outlet.
The stay-at-home order and mass gathering ban of more than 10 people will remain in place.
Restaurants and hair salons were not included in the announcements to reopen made today by DeWine. “We’re going to get those online as quickly as we can,” he said.
Schools and daycares also were not included in the announcements of places that could reopen. “It’s very hard to control the environment in daycare/schools. I understand what parents are going through, but we have to start with what is easiest to control,” DeWine said.