On March 22, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a public health directive that ordered all non-essential Ohio employees must stay inside their homes with the exception of purchasing groceries, medical visits, family necessity, and exercise.

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HOW LONG WILL THE ORDER BE IN PLACE?

The order will go into effect at 11:59pm on March 23, 2020 and is scheduled to last through April 6, 2020. The Governor has said that the order will be reevaluated on April 6, 2020 and the possibility exists that the order could be extended beyond the initial ending date.

DO I HAVE TO STAY INSIDE FOR THE ENTIRE PERIOD?

The order allows people to leave their homes for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Medical appointments or services
  • Purchasing groceries and supplies
  • Outdoor activity (public parks are all remaining open, but playgrounds have been ordered to close.)
  • Essential business
  • Leaving the house to tend to friends and family

ESSENTIAL BUSINESS MAY STAY OPEN

The order from the Governor’s office has listed the types of employment that may continue under the “stay at home” order. Types of business that may continue are:

  • Health Care
  • Grocery Stores
  • Banks
  • Restaurants for Take-Out or Delivery Only
  • Legal Services

View the entire order HERE, including the entire list of essential businesses;  

WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE VIOLATES THE “STAY AT HOME” ORDER IN OHIO?

Governor Mike DeWine has authorized the local police departments and departments of health to enforce the “stay at home” order.  He has stated that anyone that violates the order can be prosecuted for violating an order from the Ohio Director of Health.

Violating an order from the Ohio Director of Health is considered a second-degree misdemeanor and carries certain possible penalties:

  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • Up to $750 fine

UNDERSTANDING YOUR RIGHTS DURING THE STAY AT HOME ORDER

If you have questions about whether you or you business must adhere to the “stay at home” order, or if you believe your business is exempt, it may be necessary to contact an Ohio attorney who specializes in criminal and administrative procedures.

We have years of experience in criminal and administrative cases and can assist in guiding you through the “stay at home” order or challenging a possible violation. If you have questions about the Ohio “stay at home” order, talk to our defense attorneys at 614-361-2804.

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