Governor Announces May 1 Restart for Some Procedures, Surgeries

Gov. Mike DeWine today unveiled his plan for reopening the Ohio economy beginning with allowing medical procedures and surgeries not requiring an overnight stay to resume as of May 1. 

The governor restated his call of last week for health care providers to reach out to patients and reassess all deferred procedures and surgeries to see if they meet the exceptions in the original March 17 order. Any procedures or surgeries that meet the exceptions can proceed regardless of the overnight stay requirement.

The final guidance and order are expected by end of the week and will be posted here.

Following the health care reopening, the governor said construction, manufacturing, distribution and general office environments may resume operations May 4 with specific safety procedures in place.

On May 12, retail, consumer and service businesses may reopen with the protocols in place. For now, there is no schedule for schools, entertainment venues, restaurants, bars and any congregate service facilities to open.

The Ohio Department of Health provided these resources for employers to guide safety protocols in open business areas.