Ohio is experiencing a more intense surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions across the entire state. In response, Governor Mike DeWine rolled out updates on Ohio’s health orders. Click here to read about the new health orders.
New Mask Order
• Governor DeWine will ask the Department of Health to reissue the mask order that has been in place since July 23rd to include the following new provisions:
o Each business will be required to post a Face Covering Requirement sign at each public entrance. Download a printable sign that businesses can use here.
o Each business will be responsible for ensuring that customers and employees are wearing masks.
o A new Retail Compliance Unit, led by the Bureau of Workers Compensation, will be inspecting to ensure retail compliance. A first violation of this order will bring about a written warning and a second violation will bring about closure of the store for up to 24 hours.
New Social Gathering Order
• There has been an order in place since April to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people, but rampant spread of the virus has been linked to banquets, wedding receptions, and social gatherings following funerals.
• A new order will place significant new restrictions on these social activities. Open congregate areas can no longer be open. The new order requires everyone to be seated and masked unless they are actively consuming food or drinks and prohibits things such as dancing and games.
Click here to read the full press release from the Ohio Department of Health regarding the new mask and social gathering orders.
21-Day Statewide Curfew
• Earlier this week, the Ohio Department of Health announced it will issue a 10 PM to 5 PM statewide curfew beginning on Thursday, November 19. The curfew will be in effect for 21 days.
• The curfew will not apply to those going to or from work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to a pharmacy. Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery will be permitted but serving food and drink in person must cease at 10 PM.
Click here to read the full press release regarding the 21-day statewide curfew. GCP continues to track developments from the State of Ohio.