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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

Guidance for Reopening Businesses: Responsible RestartOhio Plan

Ohio announced guidance for (re)opening businesses in the State. All businesses 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. And, use appointment setting where possible to limit congestion.

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

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 as of June 5, 2020 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.

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