(24/7 News Source) - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has unveiled his plan for reopening salons, spas and barber shops in the state. He says those businesses can resume service on May 15th.
Outdoor sit-down service at bars and restaurants can begin again on that date as well, while customers will be allowed to drink or dine inside on May 21st.
An announcement on reopening childcare centers is expected on Monday.
As Ohio's businesses reopen, Governor DeWine is reminding everyone that COVID-19 is still a very real threat. He says restarting the economy will most likely put more people are risk of infection, adding that he expects the number of Coronavirus cases to go higher. DeWine is urging everyone to continue wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.
There are now more than 22-thousand cases of Coronavirus in Ohio. DeWine and Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton released the latest numbers during Thursday afternoon's briefing. More than four-thousand people are hospitalized with COVID-19, and the death toll statewide has risen to one-thousand-271. All numbers reflect both confirmed and probable cases of the virus.