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Gov. DeWine Issues Stay-at-home Order; 351 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Ohio

The order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine said Sunday a “stay-at-home” order will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday through April 6. The state’s health department director, Dr. Amy Acton, signed the order Sunday, he said.

Daycares also will be closed, starting Thursday. They must have a pandemic child care license to operate.

“We have not faced an enemy like we are facing today in 102 years," DeWine said. "You have to go back to the 1918 influenza epidemic. We are certainly at war. I don’t know any other way to describe it other than to say we are at war.”

DeWine said the order includes three parts:

  1. Stay at home order allows for leaving home for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, taking care of others, including family members, friends, a pet in another household
  2. The identification of essential workers and businesses
  3. Each business that is allowed to stay open must follow good health, safety protocol, such as maintaining six foot distance, washing hands, hand sanitizing products, separate operating hours for vulnerable populations, online and remote access for customers

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