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Impact of State Orders on Hotel & Lodging Environment

Mass Gatherings Restrictions Covid19 Page 1 F.B Restrictions Covid19 Page 1
Information on Mass Gatherings  Information on Limiting Food & Beverage Sales


Previous Orders given by The State of Ohio & The Ohio Department of Health regarding COVID-19 can be found below:

March 12 - Order to Limit and/or Prohibit Mass Gatherings in the State of Ohio

March 15 - Order Limiting the Sale of Food and Beverages, Liquor, Beer and Wine to Carry-out and Delivery Only

March 17 - Amended Order to Limit and/or Prohibit Mass Gatherings and the Closure of Venues in the State of Ohio

March 22 - Order that All Persons Stay at Home Unless Engaged in Essential Work or Activity

April 2 - Amended - All Person Stay at Home Unless Engaged in Essential Work or Activity

May 1 - Stay Safe Ohio Order - Reopens Businesses with Exceptions, and Continues a Stay Healthy and Safe at Home Order


Public Policy Face Coverings Update

After Ohio reinstated the mandatory use of face coverings by all employees in the Consumer, Retail & Services sector, additional detail has been published regarding exemptions. Face coverings are not required if found not advisable by a healthcare professional, against documented industry best practices, or not permitted by federal or state laws/regulations.
Later, the Lt. Governor also issued these exceptions:
- An employee in a particular position is prohibited by a law or regulation from wearing a face covering while on the job
- Wearing a face covering on the job is against documented industry best practices
- Wearing a face covering is not advisable for health purposes
- If wearing a face covering is a violation of a company’s safety policies
* An employee is sitting alone in an enclosed workspace
* There is a practical reason a face covering cannot be worn by an employee
However, if any of these exceptions apply to a business or employee, written justification must be provided upon request.
The Ohio Department of Health also issued this Masks in the Workplace FAQs document. This official document emphasizes:
“In addition, face coverings should NEVER be worn by or placed on people who are younger than 2, have difficulty breathing, or are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove them without assistance.”
As reported earlier, there are bound to be more changes and clarifications regarding face coverings as the reopening process proceeds. OHLA is asking for common-sense application that is appropriate for specific business environments as those are developed.



Additional Documents

Frequently asked questions about the stay at home order - Spanish

The CARES Act - What You Need to Know 
Key provisions that businesses should be aware of within the CARES Act. Provided courtesy of OHLA Allied Member WVC Rubix Cloud.