Governor DeWine and Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton have put several Public Health Executive Orders into law in response to COVID-19. This began with the closure of non-essential businesses and the stay at home order. Now, each week more and more businesses are able to return to work, and the re-opening of the state is being governed by Executive Orders. The page will act as a repository for the different orders and guidance that are relevant to small businesses. It will continued to be updated as more orders are signed into law. 

Reopening of personal services order

On May 14, 2020, Dr. Acton permitted all hair salons, day spas , nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, body piercing locations, tanning facilities, and other like businesses and operations licensed by the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board and local boards of health in the State to reopen as long as all workplace safety standards are met. Please see the full order here.

Dine Safe Ohio order

On May 14, 2020, Dr. Acton repealed the March 13, 2020 order that restricted all bars and restaurants to carry out and delivery only. The Dine Safe Order states that restaurants and bars may resume full operations on May 21, 2020 as long as they implement and follow the workplace safety standards that are outlined by the order. Please see the full order here.

Continuation of the "Stay Safe at Home" order

On May 1, 2020, Dr. Acton permitted several businesses to begin the process of re-opening. This order allowed dentists to resume their practices, non-essential surgeries to proceed, and retail, general office environments, and manufacturing/distribution to re-open. They all had to comply with their sectors' workplace safety standards. Please see the full order here.

On April 29, 2020, Dr. Acton extended to closure of all K-12 schools until June 30, 2020. Please see the full order here.


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