By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
We’re staying put, folks.
It came as no real surprise when Governor Mike DeWine announced on Thursday that Ohioans are going to be staying home.
The stay-at-home order, first issued in March, was set to expire on Friday. Instead, it is being extended for an indeterminate period of time.
The first of the economic sectors to “reopen” does so on May 1, when health care procedures that do not require overnight stays can take place. Dentist and veterinary offices can also open for business that day. Manufacturing and retail sectors follow later in the month.
“When retail opens up, well that certainly will be a major exception for that,” DeWine said.
Details of the extension, which will be shared at the regular Friday news briefing, are expected to remain largely the same, with no changes to social distancing requirements and gathering size limitations.
As one might imagine, the reaction of Ohioans was mixed to the extension news.
On the same date, The Hill, a politics-based news website based in Washington, D.C., reported that Governor DeWine has the highest public approval ratings of any US Governor in terms of handling the coronavirus pandemic. Some 83% of Ohioans support the moves DeWine has made.
The poll was conducted during from April 17-26, so responses would predate announcement of the “Responsible Restart Ohio” plan.