As non-essential Ohio businesses begin to reopen, some employees may not be eager to return. This could be due to lingering safety concerns about COVID-19 and/or because employees may be receiving an extra $600 a week in the form of unemployment benefits from the federal government. This $600 benefit is often in addition to whatever state unemployment benefits the employee receives, even if that results in the employee making more by staying at home than by returning to work.
On Friday, May 15, 2020, restaurants and bars were authorized to re-open their patios to customers for outdoor dining and drinking in the state of Ohio. On the same day, personal care businesses (such as hair salons) were permitted to re-open. The businesses in the restaurant industry and personal care industry that opted to re-open over the weekend are accustomed to industry regulations. However, these and other businesses are now faced with the challenge of complying with government mandates and guidelines different from those that existed before the pandemic.
Restaurants, Bars, Hair Salons and Barbershops Among Those Included in May 7, 2020 Order
UPDATE AS OF MAY 5, 2020 - SBA EXTENDS SAFE HARBOR TO MAY 14, 2020 AND PROMISES FURTHER GUIDANCE PRIOR TO THEN
On Monday, April 27, 2020, Ohio Governor DeWine announced Ohio's plan for nonessential business to return to normal operations. While Ohio's Stay at Home Order remains in place and gatherings of 10 people or more are generally not permitted, the Governor announced that certain businesses can open on the following timetable:
Business interruption insurance is intended to cover income lost because ordinary operations are disrupted (typically by a natural disaster, but also because of government action in some cases). Has anything in recent memory been more disruptive to business operations than COVID-19?
A bill has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives to require insurance companies to cover businesses suffering losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill would provide coverage for small businesses forced to shut down or cut back operations due to the state of emergency declared on March 9th by Governor DeWine.
As virtually all Ohio residents and business owners know, Dr. Amy Acton, the Director of Ohio's Department of Health, issued a "Stay at Home Order" on March 22, 2020, and issued an amended and extended Stay at Home Order through May 1, 2020, on April 2, 2020.
The SBA FAQ PUBLISHED April 6, 2020, (https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequenty-Asked-Questions.pdf) clarifies several issues for which many small businesses and their advisors have been seeking guidance.
We previously reported that Ohio's General Assembly passed emergency COVID-19 legislation that "tolled" or postponed all statutory deadlines in the State of Ohio that otherwise would have expired between March 9, 2020 and July 30, 2020. That post can be found here.