New Social Distancing Orders

In early April, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director issued new Orders for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings, and Non-Congregating. The new Order replaces several previous orders. Below a summary of some of the provisions:

  • Restaurant, drinking establishments, and banquet facility tables must be 6 feet apart and seat no more than ten people per table. Facial coverings must be worn when not seated.
  • Practice good hand washing and hygiene.
  • Have events outside whenever possible.
  • Remain seated when actively eating or drinking in public.
  • Keeping capacity at indoor venues limited to 25% and making sure protocols are outlined.
  • Wear masks at all times in any indoor location that’s not a residence or outside and unable to maintain a safe, social distance.
  • Social distancing of six feet.
  • Indoor Events: Individual groups of people to ten or fewer without congregating with other groups around them.
  • Outdoor events: No capacity limit.


The Preamble to the Order states that “Continuing to wear a mask, socially distance, and avoid large gatherings will get us to the goal of 50 cases per 100,000 over two weeks will bring an end to Health Orders.”

AUTHOR: Kristina Curry

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