Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday the creation of two separate advisory groups to develop best practices for reopening dine-in restaurants, barbershops, and salons.

Business associations, along with Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder, Senate President Larry Obhof, House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, and Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, are working to identify individuals to serve on the advisory groups. They are specifically working to identify individuals who work in these fields every day, including small business owners.

The goal of this group is to develop recommendations for these businesses that balance the need to protect the health of employees and customers as they reopen to the public, according to the Governor.

The Ohio Department of Health on Monday issued a plan to reopen several types of businesses by May 12 subject to adherence to coronavirus spread precautions.

However, the following businesses must remain closed until the state decides to lift the Stay at home orders. unless a variance is granted according to the Ohio Department of Health:

K-12 schools.

Restaurants and bars.

  • Carry-out and delivery services are permitted.

Personal appearance/beauty services.

  • Includes hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, body piercing locations, tanning facilities, massage therapy locations, and similar businesses.

Older adult day care services and senior centers.

Adult day support or vocational habilitation services in congregate settings.

Rooming and boarding houses, and workers’ camps.

Entertainment/recreation/gymnasium site including but not limited to all places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, such as:

  • Laser tag facilities, roller skating rinks, ice skating rinks, arcades, indoor miniature golf facilities, bowling alleys, indoor trampoline parks, indoor water parks, arcades, and adult and child skill or chance game facilities remain closed.
  • Gambling industries.
  • Auditoriums, stadiums, arenas.
  • Movie theatres, performance theatres, and concert and music halls
  • Public recreation centers and indoor sports facilities.
  • Parades, fairs, festivals, and carnivals.
  • Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor water parks, children's play centers, playgrounds, and funplexes.
  • Aquariums, zoos, museums, historical sites, and similar institutions.
  • Country clubs and social clubs.Spectator sports, recreational sports tournaments, and organized recreational sports leagues.Health clubs, fitness centers, workout facilities, gyms, and yoga studios.
  • Swimming pools, whether public or private, except swimming pools for single households.
  • Residential and day camps.

Campgrounds, including recreational camps and recreational vehicle (RV) parks.

  • Excludes people living in campground RVs with no other viable place of residence.
  • Excludes people living in cabins, mobile homes, or other fixed structures that are meant for single families and where preexisting residential activity already has been established. (E.g., for people who have part-time preestablished residences at campgrounds for the summer months.)