Ohioans ordered to stay at home

Under the direction of Governor Mike DeWine, Department of Health Director Amy Acton has issued a director’s order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23, until 11:59 p.m. on April 6. 

The order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. Ohioans should abstain from all nonessential activities. 

The order does not prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care or taking a pet for a walk. Residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state.

Essential services will still be operational, including but not limited to grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, police stations, fire stations, healthcare operations, garbage and sanitation, public transportation and public benefits hotlines. 

More information about the coronavirus, including frequently asked questions about the stay-at-home order is available at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov. The direct link to the complete order is https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/DirectorsOrderStayAtHome.pdf.

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