The next couple weeks are going to be a critical time as the Stay at Home orders begin to lift across the state. Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health have announced the development of a recovery plan to re-open businesses and get as many people back to work as possible.
You may have seen the visual pictured left, but the Medina County Health Department wanted to include it in their Tuesday message because it shows the three guidance factors they will focus on as the order expires.
“Fighting this disease has been an all-hands-on-deck team effort, including our local and state public health officials, government, non-profits, business leaders, medical professionals, the general public, and so many others” Medina County Health Commissioner Krista Wasowski said in her emailed news release update on COVID-19. “The ongoing collective work of all of us will be the recipe to getting back to our normal lives over time.”
“Re-opening business will cause room for potential spread of the disease. Putting restrictions and guidelines in place and closely monitoring situations will help us control that spread and allow us to address it immediately while still moving forward. We have a team here that works with groups most at risk for serious illness, and this work will intensify with the re-opening of business and increased public interaction.”
“I think we all want our economy to kick start again, but we need to do so in a way that our Medina business owners, employees, and customers feel secure in the safety measures put into place. Not all businesses will re-open at the same time. This will be a gradual process based on data and potential risk. The exact plan is in development but there will likely be limits to the amount of people inside a business, masks will be encouraged more broadly, and social distancing in the workplace will continue. The health department is committed to working closely with our local companies to make these adjustments and meet the states requirements so they can re-open again.”
“We’re all anxious to get back to those businesses or activities that we like but taking protective measures is still going to be very important. Restrictions will begin to loosen but our thoughtfulness and persistence in stemming the spread of COVID-19 should not. It will be a slow process, but I am confident that we are moving in the right direction.”