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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 30, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Ohio, we recommend that you visit the state's Department of Health website

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Description of Program and Relief

Businesses Permitted to Reopen in Ohio

Businesses listed further below are permitted to reopen in Ohio, subject to their adherence to relevant sector-specific operating requirements and other applicable public health and safety protocols.

Beginning May 1, 2020, all medically necessary procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a healthcare facility or inpatient hospital admission have been permitted. Examples of such procedures include regular doctor visits, well-care checks, well-baby visits, out-patient surgeries, imaging procedures, and diagnostic tests, dental services, and veterinary services.

Beginning May 4, 2020, the following sectors have been permitted to reopen:

  • Manufacturing

  • Distribution

  • Construction

  • General office

  • Beginning May 12, 2020, the following sectors have been permitted to reopen:

  • Consumer

  • Retail

  • Certain services

  • Beginning May 15, 2020, the following sectors have been permitted to reopen:

  • Outdoor dining

  • Massage therapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Cosmetic therapy

  • Tattoo and body piercing services

  • Personal care services such as hair salons, day spas, nail salons, and tanning facilities

  • Beginning May 21, 2020, campgrounds have been permitted to reopen. Restaurants and bar have been permitted to resume dine-in service.

  • Beginning May 22, 2020, horse racing has been permitted. Spectators are not permitted.

  • Beginning May 26, 2020, the following businesses have been permitted to reopen:

  • Miniature golf

  • Batting cages

  • Bowling alleys

  • Skills training for all sports, including contact sports

  • Sports leagues (non-contact, limited contact)

  • Gyms and fitness centers

  • Public pools and club pools that are regulated by local health departments in Ohio

Beginning May 31, 2020, childcare providers have been permitted to reopen.

Beginning June 1, 2020, catering and banquet centers have been permitted to reopen.

Beginning June 10, 2020, the following business have been permitted to reopen:

  • Aquariums

  • Art galleries

  • Country clubs

  • Ice skating rinks

  • Indoor family entertainment centers

  • Indoor sports facilities

  • Laser tag facilities

  • Movie theaters (indoor)

  • Museums

  • Playgrounds (outdoor)

  • Public recreation centers

  • Roller skating rinks

  • Social clubs

  • Trampoline parks

  • Zoos

  • Beginning June 19, 2020, the following businesses will be permitted to reopen:

  • Casinos

  • Racinos

  • Amusement parks

  • Water parks

Beginning June 22, 2020, contact sport practices and non-contact sports competitions may resume.

Beginning July 20, 2020, nursing homes are permitted to begin outdoor visitation as long as all safety standards are met.

Day camps and residential camps may open at any time.

Businesses that are eligible to open and fall under the following sectors should also adhere to the relevant sector-specific operating requirements: primary sectors, entertainment, outdoor activities, personal services, sports and sports leagues, and healthcare & hospitals.

Additionally, all businesses permitted to reopen should follow the following five protocols:

  1. Require face coverings for employees and recommend them for clients/customers at all times.

  2. Conduct daily health assessments by employers and employees (self-evaluation) to determine if “fit for duty.”

  3. Maintain good hygiene at all times–hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing.

  4. Clean and sanitize workplaces throughout workday and at the close of business or between shifts.

  5. Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.

  6. Establish maximum capacity.

  7. Use appointment setting where possible to limit congestion.

Government or Lead Agency

Ohio Governor’s Office & Ohio Department of Health

Dates Available

Effective immediately

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions


Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Visit the Responsible RestartOhio Plan website or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) for additional information.

List of Additional Information

The list of businesses and operations that remain closed can be found here.

Additional information about sector-specific requirements can be found here.

Printable posters and signs displaying common COVID-19 symptoms, business opening protocols, and guidelines during the reopening of business and services can be found here.

COVID-19 Checklists to help individuals protect against COVID-19 can be found here.

The guidance on nursing home visitation will be made available here.

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