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Ohio’s stay-at-home order extended to May 29 Staff




TIFFIN — Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton have extended Ohio’s stay-at-home order for another four weeks amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The extension was signed late Thursday evening by Dr. Acton.

The order now goes through May 29 at 11:59 p.m. The previous order was set to expire on May 1.

The new order has some exemptions for work, shopping and exercising outdoors.

Dr. Acton said the extension was “to avoid an imminent threat with a high probability of widespread exposure to COVID-19 with a significant risk of substantial harm to a large number of people in the general population.”

Under the order, Ohioans must “stay at home or at their place of residence except as allowed in this order.”

Non-essential medical procedures can still begin May 1. On May 4, manufacturing, distribution, and construction businesses can reopen, as can general environments.

Work-from-home situations are still encouraged. Retail stores can reopen May 12, but the number of customers is limited to 10 at a time.

The following businesses and operations remain closed under the amended order: schools, restaurants and bars, personal appearance and beauty businesses, adult day support and vocational habilitation services, older adult day care services and senior centers, child car centers, entertainment, recreation, and gymnasiums.

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