UPDATED 4/30/20:

On April 27th, Governor Mike DeWine announced a plan to re-open Ohio businesses that were closed by the stay-at-home order. The return to business (and work) will occur in phases. The Governor stressed that the five critical protocols, available here, for all businesses getting back to work are: (1) require face coverings for employees and recommend them for customers and guests; (2) daily health assessments of employees; (3) good hygiene; (4) cleaning and sanitizing workplaces during and after the workday; and (5) limiting capacity to achieve social distancing. He clarified that the stay-at-home order remains in place. The mandatory requirements and guidelines for operations apply regardless of whether the business is remaining open or re-opening. The Governor stated, “To not wear masks would be negligent and a mistake. We have to protect these employees.” However, the next day, on April 28, the Governor backtracked on the face covering requirement, making it a strong recommendation for employees, customers, and guests in all industries. On April 29, the requirements and recommendations changed again to make the face covering/masks mandatory for employees, with exceptions, but recommended for guests and customers.

The timeline is as follows:

  • Friday, May 1 – medical, veterinary, and dental offices that were closed may re-open; procedures not requiring an overnight hospital stay may resume
  • Monday, May 4 – manufacturing, distribution, construction, and office workplaces can re-open (if they were closed)
  • Tuesday, May 12 – consumer, retail, and services

There is no indication when commercial recreation, in-person restaurant dining, bars, and beauty and other personal services may resume or re-open.

Manufacturing, distribution, and construction must observe the following mandatory and optional procedures (a one-page printable guide available here):

  • Employees and guests:
    • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet between people; if not possible, install barriers
    • Face coverings are required while employers and employees are on the job, unless the face covering:
      • is prohibited by a law or regulation in the employee’s position;
      • is not advisable for health purposes;
      • is against documented industry best practices;
      • violates company safety policies;
      • practically cannot be worn; or
      • is unnecessary because the 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.)
    • Employees must perform daily symptom assessments
      • Require employees to stay home if symptomatic
    • Require regular hand washing
    • Stagger or limit arrivals of employees and guests
    • Personnel should work from home, if possible
    • Recommended best practices:
      • Face coverings recommended for guests
      • Provide a stipend for private transportation (for those employees who regularly relied on public transportation)
  • Shift patterns:
    • Daily disinfection of desks and workstations
    • Change shift patterns (e.g., fewer shifts)
    • Stagger lunch and break times
    • Recommended best practices:
      • Split into sub-teams, limit contact across sub-teams
      • Reduce pace to allow less FTEs per line
  • Physical spaces and workstations:
    • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet between people; if not possible, install barriers
    • Daily deep disinfection of high-contact surfaces
    • Space factory floor to allow for distancing
    • Regulate the maximum number of people in cafeterias and common spaces
    • Establish a maximum capacity (e.g., 50% of fire code)
    • Recommended best practices:
      • Close cafeteria and gathering spaces, if possible, or conduct regular cleanings
      • Daily deep disinfection of entire facility
  • When confirmed cases arise:
    • Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any employee who develops symptoms while at work
    • Contact the Local Health District about suspected cases or exposures
    • Shutdown shop/floor for deep sanitation
    • Recommended best practices:
      • Work with local health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing/notifications
      • Once testing is readily available, test all suspected infections or exposures
      • Following testing, contact local health department to initiate appropriate care and tracing

Office environments must observe the following mandatory and optional procedures (a one-page printable guide available here):

  • Employees and guests:
    • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet between people; if not possible, install barriers
    • Face coverings are required while employers and employees are on the job, unless the face covering:
      • is prohibited by a law or regulation in the employee’s position;
      • is not advisable for health purposes;
      • is against documented industry best practices;
      • violates company safety policies;
      • practically cannot be worn; or
      • is unnecessary because the 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.)
    • Employees must perform daily symptom assessments
      • Require employees to stay home if symptomatic
    • Require regular hand washing
    • Reduce sharing of work materials
    • Limit travel as much as possible
    • Stagger arrival of all employees and guests
    • Post signage on health safety guidelines in common areas
    • Recommended best practices:
      • Face coverings for guests
      • Enable natural workplace ventilation
      • Health questionnaire for symptoms at entry
      • Temperature taking protocol
  • Physical spaces and workstations:
    • Frequent disinfection of desks, workstations, and high-contact surfaces
    • Daily disinfection of common areas
    • Cancel/postpone in-person events when social distancing guidelines cannot be met
    • No buffet in cafeteria
    • Utilize disposable tableware and other materials
    • Establish a maximum capacity (e.g., 50% of fire code)
    • Recommended best practices:
      • Redesign/space workstations for 6 feet or more distance between employees
      • Close cafeteria and gathering spaces, if possible, or conduct regular cleanings
      • Limit congregation in office spaces (the ban on in-person gatherings of more than 10 people remains in effect)
      • Divide essential staff into groups and establishing rotating shift
      • Availability of at least 3 weeks of cleaning supplies
  • When confirmed cases arise:
    • Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms while at work
    • Contact the Local Health District about suspected cases or exposures
    • Shutdown workplace for deep sanitation if possible
    • Recommended best practice:
      • Work with local health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing/notifications
      • Once testing is readily available, test all suspected infections or exposures
      • Following testing, contact local health department to initiate appropriate care and tracing

Consumer, retail, and services must observe the following mandatory and optional procedures (a one-page printable guide available here):

  • Employees:
    • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet between people; if not possible, install barriers
    • Face coverings are required while employers and employees are on the job, unless the face covering:
      • is prohibited by a law or regulation in the employee’s position;
      • is not advisable for health purposes;
      • is against documented industry best practices;
      • violates company safety policies;
      • practically cannot be worn; or
      • is unnecessary because the 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.)
    • Employees must perform daily symptom assessments
      • Require employees to stay home if symptomatic
    • Require regular hand washing
    • Place hand sanitizers in high-contact locations
    • Clean high-touch items after each use (e.g., carts, baskets)
    • Recommended best practices:
      • Face coverings recommended for customers and guests
      • Group employees by shift to reduce exposure
  • Customers and guests:
    • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet between people
    • Specify hours for at-risk populations (e.g., elderly)
    • Place hand sanitizers in high-contact locations
    • Ask customers and guests not to enter if symptomatic
    • Stagger entry of customers and other guests
    • Recommended best practices:
      • Face coverings to be worn while shopping or visiting
      • Health questionnaire for symptoms at entry point
      • Provide face coverings upon entry
      • Where possible, accept customers by appointment only
      • Increase availability for curb-side pickup
      • Consider suspending return policies
  • Physical spaces:
    • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet between people; if not possible, install barriers
    • Post social distancing signage and disinfect high-contact surfaces hourly
    • Clean merchandise before stocking, if possible
    • Establish a maximum capacity (e.g., 50% of fire code)
    • Discontinue self-service food stations and product samples
    • Food courts remain closed
    • Recommended best practices:
      • Close once a week for deep cleaning
      • Maximize available checkout space to promote social distancing (e.g., space customer lines with floor markers, use alternate registers)
      • Use contact-less payments where possible
      • Increase capacity for delivery and curb-side pickup
  • When confirmed cases arise:
    • Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms while at work
    • Contact the Local Health District about suspected cases or exposures
    • Shutdown shop/floor for deep sanitation if possible
    • Recommended best practice:
      • Work with local health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing/notifications
      • Once testing is readily available, test all suspected infections or exposures
      • Following testing, contact local health department to initiate appropriate care and tracing

Businesses that remain closed (indefinitely, for now):

  • Schools (K-12 schools)
  • Restaurants and bars
    • Carry-out and delivery services are permitted.
  • Beauty services
    • Hair salons, day spa, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, body piercing locations, tanning facilities, massage therapy, etc.
  • Older adult day care services and senior centers
  • Adult day support or vocational rehabilitation services in congregate settings
  • Rooming and boarding houses, and workers’ camps
  • Entertainment/recreation/gymnasium sites
    • All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, such as:
      • Laser tag facilities, roller skating rinks, ice skating rinks, arcades, indoor miniature golf facilities, bowling alleys, indoor trampoline parks, indoor water parks, arcades, and adult and child skill or chance game facilities;
      • Gambling industries;
      • Auditoriums, stadiums, and arenas;
      • Movie theatres, performance theatres, and concert and music halls;
      • Public recreation centers and indoor sports facilities;
      • Parades, fairs, festivals, and carnivals;
      • Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor water parks, children’s play centers, playgrounds, and funplexes;
      • Aquariums, zoos, museums, historical sites, and similar institutions; and
      • Country clubs and social clubs.
    • Spectator sports, recreational sports tournaments, and organized recreational sports leagues
    • Health clubs, fitness centers, workout facilities, gyms, and yoga studios
    • Swimming pools, whether public or private, except swimming pools for single households
    • Residential and day camps
    • Campgrounds, including recreational camps and recreational vehicle (RV) parks