COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes signed a public health order Monday that allows limited reopening of senior and adult day centers.
Gov. Mike DeWine had announced earlier in August he was going to allow the centers, which have been closed since March 23, to reopen Sept. 21.
Adult day centers work with people with developmental disabilities, as well as those with diseases such as stroke and Alzheimer’s.
The seven-page order mandates face masks generally be worn by everyone in the centers, that six feet of distance be maintained between people and that people who are sick need to stay home.
Capacity needs to be reduced, although DeWine has allowed centers to decide what that capacity should be. Officials need to consider factors such as staffing levels, local hospital capacity and the color or level a county is on the state’s Public Health Advisory System.
Read the order below:
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