Last week, President Trump initiated a three-phase plan recognizing that reopening the country is going to be a gradual process. The plan consists of three phases without any specific guidelines with the exception for each stage of reopening is the trend in coronavirus cases decreasing for fourteen days before considering moving to the next phase (meaning there is no official timeline).
- Schools, daycare centers, and camps should remain closed, and visits to senior living homes and hospitals should be prohibited. Large venues, like dine-in restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues, can reopen under strict physical distancing protocols.
- Gyms can reopen if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols, but bars should remain closed.
- Additionally, elective surgeries can resume on an outpatient basis at facilities that adhere to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines.
- Vulnerable individuals should continue to stay at home. Individuals should continue to social distance, but social settings of more than 50 should be avoided. Non-essential travel can resume.
- Employers should continue to encourage their employees to work remotely, should keep common areas closed, and should continue to consider special accommodations for the vulnerable population.
- In phase two, schools, daycare centers, and camps can reopen, and bars can open with reduced standing-room occupancy.
- Vulnerable individuals no longer have to stay at home but should practice social distancing and minimize their exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical. Low-risk populations should reduce their time spent in crowded environments.
- Employers can allow their workers to return to work in phase three.
- Visits to senior care facilities and hospitals can resume, but those who interact with residents and patients must maintain high standards of hygiene. Large venues, like movie theaters and sports venues, can operate under limited physical distancing protocols. Bars can operate with increased standing room occupancy.
Working towards the near future, Dr. Amy Acton has identified some best practices for the months ahead for Ohio and the rest of the states. You can read them here.
As for Ohio, our state will begin the reopening process this Friday, May 1st with a first phase.
Friday, May 1: Hospital, medical, dental and veterinary services that don’t require an overnight hospital stay.
Monday, May 4: Construction, distribution, manufacturing, offices
Tuesday, May 12: Consumer, retail and service businesses
You can view a full list of safety procedures each business must abide by here.