Ohio Governor Unveils Industry-Specific Protocols for “Responsible Restart Ohio” Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

On April 27, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced statewide protocols for businesses to reopen in phases starting on May 1, 2020, the date when the current stay-at-home order for Ohio expires. In the press conference announcing the plans, Governor DeWine identified the following dates when operations that are not permitted under the current order may resume: (1) May 1 for elective medical procedures not requiring an overnight hospital stay; (2) May 4 for manufacturing, distribution and construction and office businesses; and (3) May 12 for consumer, retail and service businesses.

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Ohio Supreme Court Order Complements COVID-19 Relief Measure

By J. Colin Knisely and Matthew Caminiti

On March 27, 2020, the Ohio Supreme Court issued an Order “in response to” Am. Sub. H.B. 197, which Governor DeWine signed into law the same day. Am. Sub. H.B. 197 is a COVID-19 relief measure, which, among other things, waives state testing requirements for the remainder of the school year, extends professional licenses for those who cannot get them renewed, extends the income tax deadline to July 15, and provides funding for affected small business, such as day care. Continue reading “Ohio Supreme Court Order Complements COVID-19 Relief Measure”

States Shutting Casinos Down to Combat COVID-19

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, casinos and racetracks have become the next domino to fall.  Ohio, Indiana, Massachusetts, Illinois, Rhode Island, and parts of Pennsylvania have been required to shut down their facilities or keep the total number of individuals present under a designated limit.  These announcements came late Friday afternoon after many of the states enforced limiting the number of public gatherings.

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