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A wary Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Thursday the liberation of more coronavirus-closed飞艇计划app开奖 Ohio businesses, including dine-in restaurants, bars and barber shops and hair salons.

飞艇计划app开奖The governor said restaurants and bars can begin serving patrons on their outdoor patios and outside dining areas on May 15.

Inside service, including for meals, will not be permitted until two weeks from today -- May 21 -- with virus precautions such as six-foot social distancing between tables.

Who needs to wear face masks?

Servers will be required to wear face masks, with cooks and backroom employees exempt. Guests could be asked to wear masks. Capacity limits could be imposed based on restaurant and bar space.

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飞艇计划app开奖A host of personal service businesses also are permitted to reopen a week from Friday, such as nail salons, barber and hair salons, day spas and similar businesses, after enacting “best practices.”

飞艇计划app开奖Barbers, stylists and cosmetologists will wear masks while dealing with customers, who could be asked to wait outside until the time of their appointment and to enter alone, except for those accompanying children and caregivers for other adults. Waiting areas will follow social distancing.

All had been closed since March 15 under a stay-at-home order closing unessential businesses. Restaurants and taverns were permitted to sell food at drive-thrus and by carryout and delivery. Ohio restaurants subsequently laid off more than an estimated 300,000 employees.

Risks come with reopening, DeWine says

“We need to do two things at once -- bring back our economy and at the same time, stay safe,” DeWine said. “How we open up is so very, very important,” he said stressing the need to respect virus safeguards.

“This is something we are not going to run through quickly … what we have to do to fight back against the virus is quite complex.

“As we open up, the risks go up. The more contacts we have, the more we do, there is more risk. That we can expect,“ he said, adding each infected person infects, on average, one more person.

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飞艇计划app开奖“The opening up of this economy is going to make those (cases) go higher,” DeWine said, again repeating Ohioans and businesses must follow social distancing, the wearing of masks and other precautions.

飞艇计划app开奖“This is a new gamble, a new journey ... marked with danger signs. The danger is, we relax,” he said. “If we relax, take things for granted ... things are not going to go the way we want. We don’t want to see a spike.”

The coronavirus case numbers in Ohio

飞艇计划app开奖Meanwhile, Ohio recorded 555 new coronavirus cases and 46 additional COVID-19 deaths Thursday.

The confirmed and probable daily numbers from the Ohio Department of Health brought the pandemic case total to 22,131 during the past two months and increased the number of Ohioans who have died from the infection to 1,271.

The case numbers were similar to Wednesday’s daily total of 607 cases -- continuing a plateau in new infections with no sustained decrease. The fatalities, though, come with a timing caveat.

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“While you may not be concerned about what happens to you, you figure you’re young … and you’re going to take the chance. You certainly can be a carrier … be careful for others. Wear that masks for others,” DeWine said.

飞艇计划app开奖The closure list continues to include massage therapy services, day care centers, senior centers, entertainment and recreation venues (including movie theaters and amusement parks), gyms and fitness centers, casinos, fairs and festivals, spectator and recreational sports and campgrounds.

A prohibition against gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place.

Reopened businesses are required to ensure six-foot social distancing and require employees to wear face masks to help contain the spread of coroanvirus. DeWine originally required customers visiting retail stores to wear masks, but then reversed himself.

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飞艇计划app开奖While acknowledging a risk of increasing the spread of COVID-19, DeWine said Ohio had to get back to work to jump start its ravaged economy, which has included more than 1.1 million Ohioans losing jobs.

“We are going to live with the coronavirus health consequences for awhile,” Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said Thursday. “The economic consequences may last longer.”

The pandemic fallout devastated state income and sales tax collections, prompting DeWine on Tuesday to announce $775 million in state budget cuts through June 30, including a $465 million loss in state funding to schools and public universities and colleges.

Meanwhile, the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Thursday the award of nearly $17.5 million to 51 Ohio health centers to expand COVID-19 testing.



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