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Ohio prepares to reopen daycares, gyms, campgrounds and more

Ohio prepares to reopen daycares, gyms, campgrounds and more
5/14/2020

Gov. DeWine has announced more businesses and services in Ohio will be allowed to reopen in the coming days, including daycares, gyms, and campgrounds.

Ohio prepares to reopen daycares, gyms, campgrounds and more

Ohio prepares to reopen daycares, gyms, campgrounds and more

More than seven weeks after issuing a stay-at-home order, Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted have announced more businesses will be allowed to reopen in the coming days, including daycares, gyms, campgrounds and more. All businesses will be required to follow strict new guidelines amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This is the current timeline of when businesses in Ohio may reopen:

Friday, May 15: Restaurants and bars may reopen outdoor seating areas. Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage services, day spas and other personal care facilities may also reopen under new safety protocols. 

Thursday, May 21: Restaurant and bars may reopen their indoor dining rooms under new safety protocols.  Campgrounds may also reopen if they can meet safety protocols.

Friday, May 22: Horse racing can resume, but with no spectators. Casinos and racinos will remain closed.

Tuesday, May 26: Gyms and fitness centers, swimming pools (excluding waterparks) and dance studios can reopen.  Low-contact or non-contact sports can resume.  BMVs will also reopen for certain services.

Sunday, May 31: Childcare services and daycare centers can reopen under strict new safety protocols regarding group sizes, hand washing, cleaning of toys, common areas and more. Summer day camps can also resume under new protocols.

Still up in the air: No new decisions have been made regarding several other business sectors including movie theaters, entertainment venues, professional sports. 

As of today, the Ohio Department of Health is reporting 26,357 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, 4,718 hospitalizations and 1,268 deaths.

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