Curfew, Face Coverings, Mass Gathering Updates
Governor Mike DeWine announced that the administration is issuing a statewide curfew that takes effect on Thursday, November 19. Under the curfew, individuals are to be at home from 10PM until 5AM. The curfew lasts for 21 days.
Ohio Statewide Curfew Details
Beginning Thursday, November 19, Ohioans are subject to a statewide curfew from 10PM to 5AM for 21 days. The curfew does not apply to individuals who are:
- At work;
- Commuting to/from work;
- Obtaining food, including grocery shopping or drive through/pickup/delivery services; and
- Obtaining or seeking medical/mental health supplies or treatment.
Face Covering Requirement
As we mentioned in our Friday, November 13, update, a revised face covering order was issued.
With exceptions, the following provisions are applicable to retail businesses:
- Each store must post a sign outlining face-covering requirements at all public entrances;
- Each store is responsible for ensuring that customers and employees are wearing masks; and
- The creation of a new Retail Compliance Unit, to ensure compliance.
Retail stores that violate the order receive a written warning for the first violation. A second violation can result in closure of the store for up to 24 hours. Governor DeWine said agents began visiting retail stores this week.
Also, the Ohio Department of Health formally issued the Revised Order to Limit and/or Prohibit Mass Gatherings in the State of Ohio, with Exceptions, which we previously reported.
The order places the following restrictions on wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities:
- No socializing or activities in open congregate areas and no dancing;
- Guests must be seated at all times, but traditional wedding reception events such as first dance, toasts, tossing the bouquet and cutting the cake are permitted;
- If serving food and beverages, guests must be served at their seats. No self-serve buffets and no self-serve bar areas permitted;
- Masks must be worn at all times, unless actively consuming food or beverages; and
No more than 10 people should be seated at a table and all must be from the same household.
Source: Ohio Economic Development Association COVID-19 Dashboard
Small Business Relief Grant
Application opens NOVEMBER 2, 2020
For More information, Visit BusinessHep.Ohio.Gov
Program Flyer: SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF GRANT PROGRAM $10K
The Small Business Relief Grant is designed to assist Ohio businesses that have been harmed by
the effects of COVID-19. The $125 million grant fund will provide relief to Ohio businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Funding for the program is from the CARES Act.
Maximum Grant $10,000
First come first serve basis
The Ohio Development Services Agency is establishing an online application for the program.
Businesses applying for funding will be required to establish a registration ID with the state of Ohio.
The application will be available November 2, 2020.
Bar & Restaurant Assistance Fund
APPLICATIONS OPEN NOVEMBER 2nd!!
The Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund is designed to assist Ohio’s on-premise liquor permit holders. Funding for the program is from the CARES Act. Permit holders need to have an active on-premise permit as of close-of-business October 23, 2020. The business does not have to be currently open but must have an active liquor license. A licensee will receive $2,50 per unique business location.
Find out more and apply at businessHelp.Ohio.Gov
JobsOhio Inclusion Grant for Small Businesses
The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant exists to provide financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state. Grant decisions are based on several project factors, including but not limited to company location, company ownership, jobs created and/or retained, and project fixed asset investment. Support is generally intended for small to medium-sized companies with eligible projects. Connect with the TeamNEO team or Leslie McCoy, Economic Development Director (email@example.com) to learn more about how this may work for your Company.
Valve Exercising Program
The Village of Middlefield Streets & Utilities Department will be conducting a valve exercising program to maintain the quality and longevity of all water system valves. Keeping these valves operating properly is extremely important in times of emergency. Sections of a distribution system may be to be shut down to make repair without interrupting service to other areas. (more…)
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