STAY AT HOME: Dept. of Health issues order to all Ohioans, read it here

 Dr. Amy Acton
Dr. Amy Acton (WTVG)
Published: Mar. 22, 2020 at 3:58 PM EDT
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On Sunday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton had signed a "stay-at-home" order, putting a stop to non-essential business and travel within the state starting Monday night.

That order can be read in its entirety

Under the order, only essential businesses will remain open. Non-essential businesses will be required to operate at Minimum Basic Operations and adhere to strict health and safety guidelines to protect those employees still required to report to work.

Essential businesses include the following:

  • Those outlined as Critical Infrastructure by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), you can read their guidelines HERE.
  • Grocery stores/Pharmacies
  • Food, beverage, licensed marijuana, and agriculture production
  • Charitable and social services
  • Religious entities
  • Media
  • First amendment protected speech
  • Gas stations/transportation businesses: auto supply/repair, farm and construction equipment, etc.
  • Financial and insurance institutions
  • Hardware and supply stores
  • Critical trades: buildy, construction, plumbers, electricions, cleaning staff, and other who provide services necessary to maintaining safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and essential business operations
  • Mail, post, shipping, delivery, pick-up services
  • Educational institutions for the purpose of distance learning
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants for carryout, delivery, or drive-thru only
  • Supplies to work from home
  • Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
  • Transportation: Airlines, taxis and rideshares, paratransit, public transportation
  • Home-based care and services
  • Residential facilities and shelters
  • Professional services: accounting, legal, insurance, real estate
  • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
  • Critical labor union functions
  • Hotels and motels
  • Funeral services

And if the name was any indication, the order also limits travel outside the home to only essential travel. Travel is allowed in the following circumstances:

  • For necessary supplies and services, including groceries, medications, home supplies
  • To seek medical attention, emergent or otherwise
  • To perform work provided by essential businesses
  • To engage in outdoor activities while maintaining social distancing. Playgrounds, however, are closed.
  • To care for family, friends, or pets outside the home
  • To attend weddings and funerals

If you have additional questions, you can visit the state's

, or consult their


You can also call the governor's office at (614) 644-4357 or Lucas County Health Dept: (419) 213-4100