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Responsible RestartOhio Guidance

Updated: Apr 29, 2020

Updated 4/29/2020 to reflect current guidance.


Today Governor DeWine announced the Responsible RestartOhio preliminary plans for re-opening Ohio's economy. The Ohio Department of Health has outlined guidance for employers, including (1) actions to take if a COVID-19 infection is identified in the workplace; (2) general best practices for getting back to work; (3) mandatory and recommended practices for manufacturing, distribution, and construction operations; (4) mandatory and recommended practices for consumer, retail, and service operations; and (5) mandatory and recommended practices for general office environments.

A few practices are consistent across all work settings:


  • Employees, customers, and visitors are encouraged to wear masks at all times while at the business;

  • Employees, customers, and visitors must keep a minimum distance of 6 feet or, if not possible, employers must install barriers; and

  • Employees who are able to work from home should continue to do so.


As of April 29, 2020, face masks are required to be worn in the workplace, however there are exceptions to the general rule.


Ohio's sector specific guidance can be found here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/sector-specific-operating-requirements/sector-specific-operating-requirements.


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