COLUMBUS, Ohio — While Ohio has begun the process of reopening its economy, the status of some industries in the state remain undetermined due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. When it comes to swimming pools and summer activities, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said he hopes to make an official announcement for their plans on Thursday.
On May 1, Ohio began the process of reopening its economy with dentists, veterinarians and expanded hospital services. Retail stores have been permitted to reopen beginning on Tuesday, with outdoor dining at bars and restaurants allowed to resume on May 15, with indoor dining permitted on May 21.
Earlier this week, DeWine said that he has assembled a working group to make recommendations for policies for youth and adult sports. Announcements for reopening day cares, gyms and casinos have yet to be made.
As of Tuesday, Ohio has 25,250 confirmed and probable positive coronavirus cases, including 4,539 hospitalizations, 1,232 ICU admissions and 1,436 deaths. Dating back to the discovery of the state's first coronavirus case, DeWine put a number of measures in place to encourage physical distancing, including a stay-at-home order on March 23.