(5-7-20) Governor Mike DeWine, who is fighting his own party on the reopening of Ohio, announced some new dates that Ohioans have been hoping to take place. No indication if two bills that are in progress in the House had any impact on today’s decisions on opening dates.

The first date will take place a week from tomorrow on May 15th when personal services will be allowed to reopen. This includes hair salons and spas.

On May 21st restaurants will be allowed to have outdoor dining and on the 21st they will allowed to provide indoor service.

No details have been given on what any of the above will have to do to meet pandemic standards.

According to the Governor…. Stateline area counties will not be treated any different than large urban areas where the confirmed cases and deaths are much higher.

The Governor also indicated if goals are not met, new restrictiveness might be added.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. We are in it for the long-haul. As Ohioans, we need to know that we’re not going to get through this quickly.

It’s quite complex to stay safe and get the economy moving at the same time, but your peers are determining the #ResponsibleRestartOhio best practices.
There is still a lot that we don’t know about #COVID19. We still have a lot to learn.

As we reopen the economy, the risk is up. The more contacts we have, the more risk there is. We should expect that.
We have control over ourselves. #Ohio has done an AMAZING job. You are doing better than every single state around us. Where we go from here is so very important. Continue social distancing. Wear facial coverings. These choices will determine if we can do this or not.

It’s a gamble. We’re on a road that has never been traveled before in #Ohio. It’s a road with danger signs on it. The danger is that we relax and pull back. That we say “Ok, things are better, we don’t need to distance.”

If we relax and take things for granted, things will not go the way we want them to go. We don’t want to see a spike and be forced to decide if we pull back again on the economy. What we all do today will determine where this state goes. This is all in our hands.

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