• Advocacy Team

COVID-19 State Updates: April 29

Governor Mike DeWine continues to speak with leaders about forthcoming budget cuts and aims to have an announcement on that near the end of the week.

In case you missed it, the Governor also stated that he has created two working groups to examine the reopening of restaurants and another to look at reopening barbershops and beauty salons; membership will include legislators from the four caucuses as well as representatives of the industries and are scheduled to convene this week.

Governor DeWine also said he has come to realize the mandatory mask requirement is "offensive to some of our fellow Ohioans."

  • For others, it is a difficult step to take.

  • As a result, DeWine said that retail customers will not be required to wear masks.

  • However, it remains a best practice and strong recommendation.

In-person school graduation ceremonies can be held this year if proper social-distancing precautions are taken, DeWine said.


Responsible RestartOhio

  • As you know, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, made several major announcements this week regarding Ohio's plan to restart Ohio's economy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Protocols for getting back to work can be found here.


  • Beginning on May 4, 2020, manufacturing, distribution, and construction businesses may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for manufacturing, distribution, and construction can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.


  • Beginning on May 4, 2020, general office environments may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for general office environments can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.


  • Beginning on May 12, 2020, consumer, retail, and services may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees.


  • Some campaign races from Ohio’s Primary Election may not be resolved until officially certified three weeks after the election; for unofficial results click here. Ohio voters who sent ballots in the mail that were postmarked by April 27, but did not arrive by Tuesday, will have those ballots counted.

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