Businesses considered “non-essential” were required to close as of 11:59 p.m. March 23.
Businesses needed for transportation, including gas stations, auto supply, auto repair, farm equipment, construction equipment, boat repair, bicycle shops and related facilities, are listed among the businesses considered essential.
The full executive order can be read here.
Additionally, a set of FAQs issued by the Ohio Department of Health on this stay-at-home order can be found here.
The executive order also requires social distancing. This includes designating 6-ft. distances with signage, tape or by other means.
Also, businesses are required to have separate operating hours for vulnerable populations, post hours of operation on their website and implement other measures for the safety and health of employees and customers.
Dealers are also required to follow the CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers, including actively encouraging employees to remain home until they are fever-free for 72 hours, performing routine environmental cleaning, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees.
For additional guidance, dealers should consult the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers, located here.
OADA appreciates the governor’s commitment to the health and safety of Ohioans and applauds his administration for taking steps to reduce community spread of this COVID-19 pandemic. OADA advocated that our members remain open for sales and service to serve the essential needs of our customers, including local governments and municipalities, the trucking industry and others. We are committed to continuing to serve our communities, while maintaining precautions to protect their health and wellbeing.
OADA believes this order permits dealers to be open for sales and service functions. However, if dealers have any questions regarding the scope of what services they may continue to offer, please contact legal counsel for additional guidance.