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Ohio Issues Stay-Home Order

March 24, 2020

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton issued the Director's Stay at Home Order on March 22, 2020, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the state of Ohio. Ohio has joined the ranks of several other states including California, Illinois and Michigan in issuing similar shelter-in-place orders.

As of 11:59 p.m., March 23, 2020, all Ohio residents were ordered to stay at home or their place of residence unless they are engaged in essential activities or essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses or operations, until April 6, 2020. The state's primary goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible while enabling essential services and businesses to continue.

Essential government functions/businesses or operations exempt from this order are:

Temporarily closed businesses include:

Residents are permitted to leave their home for health and safety reasons, to obtain necessary supplies and services, for outdoor activity, to perform work in the above-referenced essential businesses and operations or because they are working in critical infrastructure and to care for others.

Pursuant to the order, the Ohio Department of Health has indicated that the list of critical infrastructure is exempt from the order as identified in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response to help state, local, and industry partners in their efforts to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers have been identified as exempt from the following sectors:

The order further stresses that, even when engaged in unrestricted activities or otherwise, residents need to practice social distancing at all times and that all businesses can maintain minimum basic operations to protect and preserve the value of a business and facilitate employees working from home. Furthermore, the order directs state and local law enforcement to enforce the order to the extent set forth in Ohio law.

Miller Canfield attorneys are available to advise on how it may impact your business's operations. Please call your Miller Canfield attorney or a member of the firm's Coronavirus Response Team to discuss your concerns.