Ohio Reopening Some Offices, Manufacturing and Construction Next Week, Customer-Oriented Businesses To Follow May 12

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine shared his administration's plans to reopen several industries during the state's most recent coronavirus briefing on Monday, providing guidelines that explain which sectors of its economy will be permitted to resume functions and when.

DeWine said offices can reopen one week from now, as can manufacturing, distribution and construction companies, though complying with designated protective measures will be mandatory.

As the governor's office noted in a detailed reopening proposal created in partnership with Ohio's Department of Health, those returning to workplace settings on May 4 are required to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from colleagues and wear face coverings and all times. Employees must undergo daily screenings to asses possible symptoms of illness, and employers must ensure workstations are disinfected regularly.

The guidelines, entitled "Responsible RestartOhio," also ask employers to stagger shifts as much as possible and order cancellations of in-person professional events where social distancing policies cannot be fulfilled.

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In one of a dozen messages shared to Twitter following Monday's conference, DeWine's office reminded Ohio residents that despite reopening permissions, "we still want people to work from home as much as possible."

On May 12, roughly one week after Ohio's first wave of businesses begin reopening, DeWine said consumer, retail and service establishments can do the same. Per the regulatory guidelines, employees working in those industries must also comply with 6-foot physical distance measures and wear face coverings throughout the duration of their shifts. In addition, companies are required to implement staggered entry procedures for all customers and set aside designated hours for at-risk populations.

"There are a lot of moving parts here," his office wrote in another tweet posted Monday afternoon. "This is the beginning, but to continue to move forward - without falling back and having a huge spike in cases - there are a lot of things everyone can do to decrease the impact and get people back to work."

Though many businesses will reopen across Ohio over the next two weeks, the governor said the state's stay-at-home order will remain in place and gatherings larger than 10 people will still be prohibited. In an accompanying set of guidelines issued alongside Ohio's reopening outline, DeWine's office provided a list of operations and establishments that will remain closed until further notice, including: K-12 schools, daycare centers, dine-in services at restaurants and bars, cosmetic services and recreational sites.

Governor Mike DeWine
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine appears at a gubernatorial election night event in November 2019. DeWine announced plans to reopen areas of the state's economy following closures implemented amid the coronavirus pandemic on Monday. Justin Merriman/Getty

A spokesperson from DeWine's office told Newsweek that the duration of Ohio's stay-at-home order, as it applies to business and individuals not included in the state's upcoming reopening phases, is to be determined. The order was originally slated to terminate on May 1.

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