On Sunday 3/22/20, Ohio Governor Mike Dewine and Dr. Amy
Acton issued an order telling all Ohioans to stay at home to prevent the spread
of COVID-19, which has infected hundreds of people in the state already.
Ohio’s stay-at-home order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all non-essential businesses. The full document allows for a long list of common-sense exceptions allowing people to get medicine and food, as well as outdoor exercise. It is easier to highlight some of the things that is acceptable for you and your family to do, than what is not acceptable. Here are some highlights from the stay at home order:
It is okay to leave the house for:
Health and safety: Emergency medical services,
obtaining medical supplies, medication or visiting a health care professional. You
can also donate blood.
Necessary supplies and services: Groceries and
food, household products and repair materials, supplies to work from home,
automobile supplies, and products to maintain safety and sanitation of
Outdoor activity: Walking, hiking, running,
biking, going to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas; however,
public playgrounds will be closed.
Certain types of work: Healthcare and public
health operations, human services operations, governmental functions and
Taking care of others: Caring for a family
member, friend or pet in another household and giving rides to family members,
friends or pets for reasons allowed in the order. This includes attending
weddings and funerals.
While a stay at home order is not the same as a lockdown, it
is important to remember to also nurture our minds and utilize this time to
strengthen our familial relationships.
Click here for guidance on ways parents can keep their cool, during quarantine.