Ohio has issued a statewide “stay at home” order due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Mike DeWine announced at a press conference on Sunday.
The order, requiring all residents to stay at home except for “essential activities,” will go into effect on Monday night at 11:59 p.m., DeWine said, adding that order was signed by Dr. Amy Acton, the state’s Department of Health Director.
“Dr. Acton who has done such a phenomenal job has just signed an Ohio health director’s order. Dr. Acton just signed a stay at home order for all Ohioans. Other states have referred to this as shelter in place, we prefer stay at home. Either one, it’s pretty much the same thing,” DeWine said.
“Essential businesses” and restaurants for takeout will still be allowed to stay open. DeWine encouraged Ohioans to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
The “stay at home” order will remain in place until at least April 6, at which time state authorities would reassess the situation, DeWine said.