Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Order In Ohio: What Does It Mean?

This article originally appeared on the Cleveland Patch

COLUMBUS, OH — Gov. Mike DeWine issued a “stay-at-home” order on Sunday. The order closed non-essential businesses and told Ohioans to leave their home only if it was absolutely necessary. So what does that mean?

The order bars public and private gatherings. All gatherings of 10 or more people are specifically prohibited. All entertainment venues have been ordered closed, including zoos, movie theaters, water parks, aquariums and amusement parks. Enforcement of the order can be carried out by state and local law enforcement.

Ohioans may leave their home for the following reasons:

  • For health and safety — Any activity related to a person’s health is an essential activity and allows Ohioans to leave their home. Examples of allowed activities include picking up medication or visiting a doctor’s office.

  • For necessary supplies and services — Ohioans can go get groceries, household products, supplies to work from home, auto supplies, and any products necessary to maintain their own safety and household upkeep.

  • For outdoor activity — Ohioans can on walks, visit public parks and otherwise be outdoors, as long as they maintain social distancing protocols.

  • For certain types of work — Ohioans who work for essential businesses (more on that below) can leave their homes to go to work, or to carry out basic maintenance at a shuttered business.

  • To take care of others — Ohioans can leave their homes to take care of another person or pet.

What is an essential business?

According to the new order, essential businesses include the following:

  • stores that sell groceries and medicine;

  • food, beverage and licensed marijuana production and agriculture;

  • organization providing charitable services;

  • cybersecurity infrastructure agencies;

  • religious entities;

  • media;

  • gas stations and businesses needed for transportation;

  • financial and insurance institutions;

  • critical trades;

  • hardware and supply stores;

  • mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services;

  • educational institutions;

  • laundry services;

  • restaurants (only allowed to do carry-out and delivery);

  • stores that sell supplies for working from home;

  • stores that sell supplies for essential businesses;

  • funeral services;

  • hotels and motels;

  • manufacture, distribution and supply chain for essential businesses;

  • critical labor unions;

  • residential facilities and shelters;

  • transportation and home-based care and services.

What about houses of worship?

Houses of worship are not ordered closed but strongly recommended not to hold congregate services.

What happens if I break this order?

DeWine said Sunday that violations of the order could rise to the level of a second-degree misdemeanor.

Here’s the “stay-at-home” order in its entirety:

Stay at Home Order 2020-03-22 by Patch on Scribd

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