Public Law COVID-19 Alerts

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Civil Immunity for Schools, Businesses, and Healthcare Providers Related to Coronavirus
Ohio House Bill 606 (“HB 606”) provides civil immunity to schools, businesses, and healthcare providers that unknowingly spread coronavirus. HB 606 specifies that the definition of person “includes a school, a for-profit or nonprofit entity, a governmental entity, a religious entity, or a state institution of higher education.”

Ohio Governor Announces Additional Dates for Reopening
Governor Mike DeWine has announced dates and protocols for the re-opening of several additional sectors of Ohio’s economy. The Governor is facing intense pressure from members of the Ohio General Assembly who want the entire economy opened immediately with no restrictions.

Highlights from Ohio’s May 1, 2020 Revised Stay at Home (Stay Safe) Order
On May 1, 2020, Dr. Amy Acton issued a new stay at home/stay safe order effective until midnight on Friday, May 29, 2020. This order permits certain businesses in Ohio to reopen and operate as long as they can comply with the requirements set forth in the order. 

Ohio Governor Extends Stay at Home Order
Governor Mike DeWine announced that Dr. Amy Acton, Director of Health was amending the Stay at Home Order issued on March 22nd extending it until 11:59 pm, Friday, May 1st. The amended order attempts to address questions that have arisen from the original order and adds some additional requirements that essential businesses must follow.

Governor DeSantis Issued “Stay at Home” Order
Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an Executive Order, effective at 12:01 am, Friday, April 3rd and expires on Thursday, April 30, 2020, that requires people to stay in their homes unless they are working for an essential service, obtaining essential services or engaged in essential activities. 

Ohio General Assembly Passes Emergency Legislation in Response to COVID-19
The Ohio General Assembly has passed emergency legislation in response to the COVID pandemic. The legislation has been sent to the Governor for his signature which is expected sometime today.  

Cleveland Approves Loan Payment Relief for Small Businesses
The Cleveland City Council has approved legislation that will provide loan payment relief for local small businesses. The emergency legislation, which was introduced and approved on Monday night, will allow Cleveland’s Economic Development Director to defer payment and accrual of interest on economic development loans issued by the city for six months. 

Cannabis and COVID-19 – A Business Guide
The COVID-19 public crisis is affecting businesses in a myriad of ways, including cannabis businesses. The effects of the coronavirus on our economy and society are likely to become significantly worse in the upcoming weeks and months and those involved in the cannabis industry need to be prepared.

Governor DeWine Issued “Stay at Home” Order
Governor Mike DeWine’s Health Director Amy Acton issued a “Stay at Home” order today which goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23rd and stays into effect until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 6th.  

Ohio Governor Announces it will Follow CDC Guidelines on Mass Gatherings
Governor Mike DeWine announced today that he would be following CDC guidelines and modify his ban on mass gatherings to comply with new CDC guidelines. Also, Dr. Amy Acton, Director of Health, is ordering the following entities to close as of end of business today.

Ohio Governor Issues Order Closing All Ohio Bars and Restaurants
Governor Mike DeWine announced that Dr. Amy Acton, Director of Health, has issued an order closing all of Ohio’s bars and restaurants as of 9 p.m. this evening for dine-in customers. Carry-out and delivery services will still be available. In announcing these closures, Lt. Governor Jon Husted said that bar/restaurant owners may return unopened, high-end, liquor products for a refund. 

House Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act with Sweeping Employment and Health Related Provisions to Address COVID-19
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201 the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” by a vote of 363 to 40 in the early morning hours on March 14, 2020. 

Ohio Governor Announces Steps Taken at Federal & State Level to Address COVID-19
The state and federal government continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Click above for more information.