The Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 site coronavirus.ohio.gov is the place to go for Ohio-specific information, including the Governor’s Executive Orders and update press conferences.

Responsible Restart Ohio

2. Health Order to Limit Mass Gatherings Signed

Effective November 17, 2020 – In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through airborne particles passing between people in close contact, wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities are subject to the following restrictions:

  • No socializing or activities in open congregate areas and no dancing.
  • Guests must be seated at all times. Traditional wedding reception events such as first dance, toasts, tossing the bouquet and cutting the cake are permitted.
  • If serving food and beverages, guests must be served at their seats. No self-serve buffets and no self-serve bar areas permitted.
  • Masks must be worn at all times unless actively consuming food or beverages.
  • No more than 10 people should be seated at a table and those individuals must be from the same household.

This order does not apply to religious observances; First Amendment protected speech, including petition or referendum circulators, and any activity by media; and to governmental meetings which include meetings that are required to be open to the public.

3. Williams County Health Department

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Learn more about Williams County COVID information here: http://www.williamscountyhealth.org/health-education/covid-19-coronavirus/ 

4. Magna Smart Start Playbook

Magna developed a Smart Start-Up Interactive Playbook for getting back to work in the “new normal” as their business recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides a framework for restarting their office locations and facilities with a consistent response and strategy throughout the company while protecting employees and making sure everyone stays safe, healthy and confident about returning to work. Magna operates many factories in China and has reopened them successfully. The attached playbook was developed using their experience in reopening these Chinese facilities. Magna has shared this with the auto industry.

5. CDC Resources for Business and Employers

ODH recommends to businesses are not able to purchase or find thermometers at this time:

If it is not feasible to take employees’ temperatures at work, employers should require that employees take their temperature before arriving to work. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees or higher should self-quarantines with members of their household. 

6. OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of
mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist
employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to comply with safety and health standards and regulations promulgated by OSHA or by a state with an OSHA-approved state plan. In addition, the Act’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Material contained in this publication is in the public domain and may be reproduced, fully or partially, without permission. Source credit is requested but not required.

7. Ohio Manufacturers’ Association COVID Resources

8. Bricker & Eckler Resource Center

A cross-disciplinary team of Bricker attorneys is regularly monitoring COVID-19 news and guidance to help our clients assess the potential impacts on their operations.

9. Business Disaster Loan Information

Businesses can now file an application for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

Once Ohio is declared a state of emergency by the federal gov’t, small business owners can apply for the attached economic disaster loan directly. This loan is for the payment of bills and payroll, not loss of income. The loan process will take up to three weeks. This is a low-interest loan, not a grant.

✅U.S. Small Business Administration: Disaster Business Loan Application
Please refer to Lisa Becher with questions about the SBA program.
Lisa Becher, Small Business Development Center Consultant
Phone: 419-267-1361, Email: nwohiosbdc@gmail.com

10. Ohio Development Services Agency Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund: Applications Now Open 

Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced a package of more than $419.5 million in CARES Act funding to help Ohioans and up to $5 billion in dividends for Ohio employers to ease the continued financial impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. These opportunities and other resources available through the Office of Small Business Relief and Development can be found at businesshelp.ohio.gov.

Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund: The administration will also designate $37.5 million of CARES Act funding for the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund. This fund will be available for Ohio restaurants and bars struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and limited in the full use of their liquor permit. Businesses with an on-premise consumption permit will be eligible to receive $2,500 per unique business location.  Businesses need to have an active on-premise permit as of close of business October 23, 2020.  Permit holders can apply for assistance at  businesshelp.ohio.gov.