Ohio Announces Reopening of Gyms, Campgrounds, Pools, BMVs,And Day Care Centers

Posted on May 15th, 2020 by Derek P. Hartman

Over the past few days, Governor DeWine has continued his approach of reopening Ohio in stages by announcing the reopening of the following businesses and services:

May 15: In addition to restaurants (outside dining) and personal services, such as hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, and tanning facilities, tattoo and massage parlors are authorized to reopen, provided certain precautions are taken. The specific precautions tattoo parlors are to take can be found here. The specific precautions that businesses that are licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio, such as massage therapists, acupuncturists, and cosmetic therapy providers must take can be found here.

May 21: Campgrounds throughout Ohio will reopen, provided social distancing and other precautions, such as keeping pavilions, common areas, and basketball courts closed, are taken. Campsites are limited to one family household of 10-persons or fewer. The specific precautions that campground operators and their guests are to take can be found here.

May 22: Horseracing may resume, provided there are no spectators and certain precautions are taken. At the time of this article, the specific precautions that horse racing operators are to follow were not publicly available. Casinos and Racinos will remain closed at this time.

May 26: Gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, dance studies, tennis clubs, and public pools may reopen. Lt. Gov. Husted announced these businesses will have specific precautions they must follow which will be made available at a later date.

Non-contact and limited contact sports, including golf, softball, baseball and tennis, may also resume on May 26th. The specific precautions that these sports are to take can be found here. No date has been set for contact sports, such as basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, football, and gymnastics.

BMVs throughout Ohio will reopen on May 26th. Notably, Governor DeWine signed a bill on March 27, 2020 which provides that Ohio licenses expiring during the declared State of Emergency shall remain valid until either 90-days after the declared emergency ends, or December 1, 2020, whichever comes sooner. Readers are encouraged to renew their licenses before the safe harbor period expires.

May 31: Day care providers may reopen with restrictions. Day care providers are subject to a limit on the provider-to-child ratio that varies between 1:4 (provider to infants) and 1:9 (provider to school age children). The specific precautions day care providers are to take can be found here.