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Reopening Ohio

Responsibly reopen the Buckeye State and bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic by complying with safety protocols

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Published October 13th, 2020

Reopening Ohio

Governor Mike DeWine announced at the end of April that the reopening of the State of Ohio called “Responsible Restart” will begin in May. Responsible restart intends to strategically reopen businesses and lift some restrictions imposed following an executive order issued in March declaring a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State of Ohio in the COVID-19 Pandemic

To help mitigate the spread of the disease, Governor DeWine issued a stay-at-home order calling upon Ohioans to stay indoors unless there is a need to go out and perform essential activities. The stay-at-home order was in effect state-wide until May 29. High-risk individuals such as the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions were urged to limit the time spent outdoors to minimize possible exposure to COVID-19. Businesses were closed, except for those deemed essential, and safety protocols were implemented such as social distancing of 6 feet and wearing face coverings to help contain the spread of the disease.

Travel restrictions were lifted in Ohio but individuals diagnosed or showing symptoms of COVID-19 are restricted from entering the state.

As of writing, Ohio has more than 43,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the total number of casualties in the state reached 2,633. The reported daily cases had shown a favorable trend since May but that changed on June 17 when there was a sudden spike to 700 confirmed cases in one day.

Reopening the Buckeye State

Ohio is the seventh biggest economy in the United States and, with more than 15% of Ohioans working in the manufacturing industry, the state allowed the reopening of the manufacturing sector effective May 4. Offices were also allowed to operate but employees are encouraged to work from home when possible. Businesses in sectors such as construction, retail, child care, and others were also allowed to reopen at different scheduled dates in May.

State-Wide Safety Protocols

Ohio allowed businesses to reopen provided they comply with safety protocols that include social distancing, face coverings for employees and customers, respiratory etiquette, cleaning and sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces, and proper hand hygiene, among others.

Complying with State-Mandated Safety Protocols

The government recognizes both the economic need to reopen businesses and have workers report back to work as well as the importance of keeping the public safe from the spread of the disease and keeping the COVID-19 pandemic under control. Reopening businesses and requiring employers to reinforce compliance with safety protocols in the workplace is one way to help meet these important needs.

Powerful Tool for Implementing and Reinforcing Safety Protocols

Keeping in touch with current situations surrounding the pandemic and knowing the protocols to implement in the workplace can help businesses in Ohio stay open and keep employees and customers safe during the pandemic. iAuditor by SafetyCulture is a powerful safety inspection software that provides access to a collection of free inspection checklists created based on safety protocols and best practices that can help businesses in Ohio stay compliant. Employers and managers can use iAuditor for free and utilize the checklists made available for your business.


Please note that these checklists, while created with the latest best practices available, provide basic information only and are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.


Erick Brent Francisco

SafetyCulture staff writer

As a staff writer for SafetyCulture, Erick is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. Prior to SafetyCulture, Erick worked in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail.