For Ohio: Governor Mike DeWine Says Ohio Will Begin Gradually Reopening Businesses on May 1

By Kevin Harrish on April 16, 2020 at 4:05 pm
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We're living in uncertain times during the COVID-19 outbreak, but Ohio is gonna get through it together – and have some fun along the way.

We're not totally out of the woods yet, but after flattening the curve with social distancing, it's almost time for life to start returning as Ohio businesses will start reopening starting May 1, getting the economy moving again.

Saying it “must be done the right way,” Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio will gradually and carefully get back to work as the coronavirus pandemic begins to subside, with some companies likely to reopen on May 1.

“We are about to enter a new phase ... We must get the Ohio economy moving again. We must get people back to work,” DeWine said Thursday.

He did not commit to allowing the stay-at-home order to fully expire as scheduled on May 1.


DeWine said companies and businesses that can demonstrate they can safely reopen with virus precautions could start opening on May 1 and recall employees. He did not specify the criteria for reopening.

“I am an optimist and am confident that Ohioans will also live up to the challenge of doing things differently as we open back up beginning on May 1,” DeWine said.

It ain't going to be totally normal until a vaccine is available, and there's still a lot we've got to figure out in the meantime, but it sure is a welcomed start.

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