Summary of Ohio’s Stay at Home Order March 25, 2020

Below is a distillation of the 12-page order issued by Ohio’s Director of Health, Amy Acton, MD, MPH, prepared by Principal David Cuppage. To read the complete order click here.To read answers to frequently asked questions click here.

• The order becomes effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020 and remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020.

• Pursuant to the Oho Department of Health’s March 22 order, all businesses—except “Essential Businesses and Operations”—are required to cease all business activities other than their “Minimum Basic Operations.”

• Importantly, essential businesses and operations includes: stores that sell groceries and medicine; food, beverage, and licensed marijuana production and agriculture; organizations that provide charitable and social services; religious entities; media; first amendment protected speech; gas stations and businesses needed for transportation; financial and insurance institutions; hardware and supply stores; critical trades; mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pickup services; educational institutions; laundry services; restaurants for consumption off-premises; supplies to work at home; supplies for essential businesses and operations; transportation; home-based care and services; residential facilities and shelters; professional services (legal, accounting, insurance, real estate); manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries (including pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitization, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications); critical labor union functions; hotels and motels; funeral services.

For a complete list of “Essential Businesses and Operations” visit:

• The Order provides with exceptions that all individuals are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor space, they must at all times and as much as reasonably possible, maintain social distancing.

• All non-essential business and operations must cease, with the exception that minimum basic operations may continue.

• All public and private gatherings occurring outside a single household or living unit of ten or
more people is prohibited. All places of public amusement, whether indoor or outdoor, are
required to remain closed.

• Only essential travel and essential activities are permitted.

• Leaving home for essential activities is permitted. Essential activities include to engage in
activities or perform tasks essential for health and safety, for obtaining necessary supplies
and services, for outdoor activities (subject to social distancing requirements), and for certain
types of work at essential businesses or operations, which include healthcare and public
health operations, human services operations, essential governmental functions, and
essential infrastructure) and to care on minimum basic operations. Taking care of others,
such as family members, friends, pets in another household are permitted.

• Elderly people and those who are vulnerable as a result of illness should take additional

• For those non-essential businesses, minimum basic operations are permitted (provided that
employees comply with social distancing requirements) including activities to maintain the
value of business’s inventory, preserve the condition of physical plants and equipment,
ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, and related functions.

• Essential travel includes travel related to essential activities, essential businesses and
operations, and minimum basic operations. Essential travel also includes travel to care for
elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, travel for receiving educational
materials, travel to return to a place of residence outside of Ohio.

• Finally, social distancing includes maintaining a designated six foot distance, using hand
sanitizer and sanitizing products, maintaining separate operating hours for vulnerable
populations, and using online and remote access services.


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