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COVID-19 Guidance for Essential Businesses and Operations

 Food, beverage, and licensed marijuana production/agriculture

COVID-19 Stay at Home Order

In order to minimize contact among people and stop the spread of COVID-19, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, are ordering all Ohioans to stay home or at their place of residence, effective 11:59 p.m. March 23, except for essential activities or essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses and operations. Homes or residences include houses, rental units, hotels, motels, shared rental units, shelters, and similar facilities. The order will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. April 6, 2020, unless it is rescinded or modified before then. For full details, please read the order.

In this order, essential businesses and operations consist of food, beverage, and licensed marijuana production and agriculture businesses. This includes:

  • Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, and cultivation businesses in:
    • Farming.
    • Livestock.
    • Fishing.
    • Baking.
    • Other production agriculture, including:
      • Cultivation.
      • Marketing.
      • Production.
      • Distribution of animals and goods for consumption.
  • Licensed medical marijuana use, medical marijuana dispensaries, and licensed medical marijuana cultivation centers.
  • Businesses that provide animals:
    • Food.
    • Shelter.
    • Other necessities of life, including:
      • Shelter.
      • Rescue.
      • Kenneling.
      • Adoption.

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


If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 (1-800-846-8517 TTY); connect with a trained counselor through the Ohio Crisis Text Line by texting the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741; or call the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services help line at 1-877-275-6364 to find resources in your community.


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

  • Stay home 
  • Practice Social Distancing
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
  • Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
  • Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
  • Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
  • Call before visiting your doctor
  • Practice good hygiene habits 


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


CLEAN ALL "HIGH-TOUCH" SURFACES EVERY DAY

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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