Information and Resources on Coronavirus/COVID-19
Director's Order for Retail and Business Compliance for Facial Coverings throughout the State of Ohio
Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes signed a health order to enforce mask-wearing in retail locations across the state in compliance with the statewide mandatory mask order signed on July 23, 2020. This order takes effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. on November 16, 2020. Read more about the order here.
Health Order to Limit Mass Gatherings Signed
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes signed a revised health order to limit mass gatherings in Ohio. 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 as banquet facilities are subject to new restrictions. This order goes into effect November 17, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.
The State of Ohio Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund
In order to provide bars and restaurants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with monetary relief, the Ohio Development Services Agency and the Ohio Department of Commerce have collaborated to create the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund. The fund will begin accepting applications on Nov. 2.
The Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund is designed to assist Ohio’s on-premise liquor permit holders. This $37.5 million fund will help those licensees significantly impacted by COVID-19 and limited in the full use of their liquor permit. Funding for the program is from the CARES Act.
Access the online application: BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov
Ohio Public Health Advisory System
The Public Health Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework to assess the degree of the virus’ spread and to engage and empower individuals, businesses, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions.
Statewide Mask Order
Gov. DeWine announced that a statewide mask mandate will go into effect at 6 p.m. on July 23 for citizens living in all 88 counties of Ohio.
All individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:
Responsible RestartOhio Information
SharedWork Ohio is an alternative to layoffs for employers. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain their staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, employers reduce hours to avert a layoff. The participating employee works the reduced hours, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours.
Interested employers should provide the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services with a list of participating employees and specify their normal weekly hours of work, not to exceed 40 hours and not including overtime. Part-time employees may be eligible, but all employees in an affected unit must have their hours reduced by the same reduction percentage. For more information, please visit JFS.Ohio.gov/SharedWorkOhio.
How You Can Help
United Way of Greater ToledoProMedica Health System
Emergency Preparedness Resources
Preparation is the key to withstanding unforeseen emergencies that could jeopardize a business. The following list of other resources contain information that can help businesses prepare for emergencies and disasters:
Toledo/Lucas County Health Department Information
Official Lucas County Resources
FEMA: How to Help
LISC Rapid Relief and Resiliency Fund
Senator Rob Portman: TASBA, Toledo Chamber discuss COVID-19 impact on northwest Ohio economy