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.
The Dayton Daily News reported this morning (April 1, 2020) that 270 Montgomery County sites are being investigated for failing to comply with Ohio's Stay at Home Order.
On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Governor DeWine announced a new "Stay at Home Order" issued by Ohio Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH (the "Order"). In addition to severely restricting the ability of individuals in Ohio to leave their residences for two weeks, the Order contains specific and dramatic instructions to Ohio employers on managing their workforces. The employment-related restriction in the Order includes numerous exceptions. Below are details concerning the Order and its impact on essentially all private businesses in the state.