I previously reported on the Governor’s Responsible Restart Ohio plan to phase-in a re-opening of businesses that were closed or affected by COVID-19. Originally, the plan required masks or face coverings for employees, customers, guests, and others. That requirement was eliminated one day later. Yesterday, on April 29, 2020, it was added back in for employees (not customers or guests) with exceptions. The revised requirement for all industries is below:

Face coverings are required while employers and employees are on the job, unless any one of the following apply:

  • An employee in a particular position is prohibited by a law or regulation from wearing a face covering while on the job
  • A face covering is not advisable for health purposes
  • Wearing a face covering on the job is against documented industry best practices
  • Wearing a face covering violates a company’s safety policies
  • There is a practical reason a face covering cannot be worn
  • An employee is sitting alone in an enclosed work-space. ​​​​​​

(If any of these exceptions apply to your business, or one of your employees, written justification must be provided upon request.)

Notably, the mandatory requirement to have employees work at home, if possible, was eliminated from the revised protocols.

My full updated blog is available here with a summary of all required protocols.