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Guidance on Ohio Travel COVID-19

COVID-19 Guidance on Ohio Travel

Protecting Against COVID-19

In accordance with the Stay Safe Ohio order signed April 30, 2020, by Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH under the direction of Governor Mike DeWine, the following is guidance regarding travel in and through Ohio.

  • Permitted travel includes:
    • Travel related to activities, businesses, and operations permitted to be open under minimum basic operations.
    • Travel to care for minors, dependents, the elderly, people with disabilities, and or other vulnerable people.
    • Travel to or from educational institutions to obtain materials for distance learning, meals, or related services.
    • Travel to return to a residence from outside the state; or travel from Ohio to a residence outside the state.
    • Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including transporting children as part of custody arrangements.
  • People riding on public transit must comply with social distancing requirements to the greatest extent feasible. These include staying at least 6 feet from other people.
  • People traveling into the state with the intent to stay are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days unless they are entering for critical infrastructure or healthcare workforce purposes.
    • This does not apply to persons who as part of their normal life live in one state and work or deliver services in another state. For example, this does not apply to healthcare workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers, and designated essential workers.
  • The following individuals shall not enter the state unless they are doing so under medical orders for the purposes of medical care, are being transported by Emergency Medical Services, are driving or being driven directly to a medical provider for purposes of initial care, or are a permanent resident of Ohio:
    • Those who have tested positive for COVID-19
    • Those who are presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19
    • Anyone exhibiting symptoms identified in the screening guidance available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the COVID-19 CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.

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Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by taking these precautions.

  • Stay home except for work or other needs
  • Wear a face covering when going out
  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from others
  • Shop at non-peak hours.
  • Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect "high-touch" surfaces often
  • Don’t work when sick
  • Call before visiting your doctor

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)


High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

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