Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz offered high praise for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
“Beyond proud of our @GovMikeDeWine and Lt. Governor @JonHusted for their handling of the #COVID-19 crisis in the State of Ohio. Tremendous leadership and others should take immediate note,” Montz tweeted Sunday.
— Mayor Aaron Montz (@MayorMontz) March 15, 2020
Montz has been staying on-top of keeping his social media followers updated on the latest news surrounding the pandemic, including retweets from Gov. DeWine and local media outlets.
Gov. DeWine announced Sunday that he would order all restaurants and bars in the state to close indefinitely effective 9 p.m. March 15. Carryout and delivery business are permitted to stay open, however.
“If you can walk in, buy a donut, buy coffee, and walkout – that’s okay. What we can’t have is people congregating and people who are seated. So carry-out is fine, delivery is fine,” DeWine said.
Along with that announcement, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said the governor will extend unemployment benefits to workers who are quarantined as a result of COVID-19 exposure, as well as employees of businesses that temporarily shut down due to the pandemic.
“The governor is going to sign an executive order regarding unemployment compensation. This will assist Ohio workers directly impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency,” Husted said Sunday. “He will be issuing this executive order that will make several changes to Ohio’s unemployment law and state agency policy to enable workers to do not have paid leave benefits to access unemployment benefits during this period of emergency.”
“We will be broadening the current state policy to clarify that individuals that are quarantined by a health professional or by their employer are considered to be unemployed and will not be subject to the requirements to actively seek work, during this period of emergency,” Husted continued.
Husted said the order will also clarify the definition of unemployed, and it will apply to companies that determine it is necessary to temporarily shut down operations.
The one-week waiting period before receiving benefits will be waived and payments expedited, Husted said. The penalty for late reporting for employers will also be waived.