Ohio is starting to ‘re-open’ – what does that mean?

(Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a number of new orders this week regarding the plan to slowly start to re-open the state beginning May 1st.

Here are a few things we know from the latest order from the Governor:


  • Medically necessary procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a healthcare facility or do not require inpatient hospital admission and minimize the use of personal protective equipment may move forward beginning May 1st.
  • Dental services and veterinary services may also proceed if a safe environment can be established.

Manufacturing, Distribution, and Construction:

  • These entities will be permitted to resume on Monday, May 4th with all required to meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees including wearing masks, conducting daily health assessments, and the limited capacity of 50 percent of the businesses’ fire code.

General Office Buildings:

  • General office buildings can reopen on May 4th if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees.

Consumer Retail & Services:

  • These entities may reopen Tuesday, May 12th  if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees.

Restrictions still in place:

  • Gyms, restaurants, salons, and daycare centers will remain closed until further notice.
  • Gatherings of 10 or more are still PROHIBITED until further notice.


More detailed information on the Responsible RestartOhio plan can be found at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.


There are 16,325 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 753 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 3,232 people have been hospitalized, including 978 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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