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BPAA State Policy Update - May 22, 2020

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Here's what's reopening Friday in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are largely back to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, but there are several businesses that remain shuttered. Most governors agree that businesses that cater to large groups of people -- such as amusement parks and concert venues -- will take longer to reopen with others. State leaders have also recognized difficulties getting certain sectors back open, such as child care centers and schools, noting that it is near impossible to keep toddlers socially distant.

  • OHIO: Opening Friday Horse racing: Horse racing may resume in Ohio Friday, but without spectators. Racing may only resume if certain safety protocols are met, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said. Tracks will be required to follow a number of safety measures to increase social distancing. This reopening does not apply to casinos and racinos, leaders specify.
    • Already Open: The state is largely back to work, with more than 90% of the state's economy back open for business, Gov. Mike DeWine said. The state's health care facilities are back in full swing, for the most part, with all elective procedures permitted to resume (unless an overnight stay is required). Offices have reopened, as have the state's construction and manufacturing sectors. Retail businesses have also been given the green light to resume. Personal care services — such as barbers, nail salons, massage services, etc. — were permitted to resume. As of Thursday, the state's restaurants and bars were permitted to resume indoor dining. Campgrounds were also permitted to reopen Thursday.
    • What’s Next? May 26 and May 31 have been tagged as key dates for the reopening of remaining business sectors. On May 26, BMVs, gyms/fitness centers, non-contact or limited contact sports, pools (excluding water parks), bowling alleys and mini golf may resume — with restrictions. The state is also allowing skills training for sporting to resume May 26, for contact and non-contact sxports alike. Child care facilities may resume in reduced numbers on May 31, along with Ohio day camps. Starting June 1, the state's banquet halls and catering facilities are permitted to reopen, with a maximum capacity of 300 people.


  • KENTUCKY: OPENING FRIDAY Restaurants: The state's restaurants can open up to 33% indoor capacity starting Friday. But there are several new rules. Employees, for starters, must ensure they are wearing masks when they are near customers or other employees. Party size is limited to 10 people or fewer, and individuals who don't live in the same household are asked not to sit at the same table. There will also be increased sanitary measures.
    • Travel ban expires: The state's travel ban expires Friday, allowing people to travel for leisure in and out of the state. Gov. Andy Beshear is still asking Kentuckians to be cautious and to be smart when choosing travel destinations. Social gatherings of 10 people or less: Beginning Friday, Kentuckians can gather in groups of 10 people or fewer. This has been moved up a few days, initially slated for Memorial Day Monday.
    • WHAT'S NEXT? Barbershops, hair and nail salons, and tanning businesses are set to reopen on May 25. Movie theaters and fitness centers have been given the green light to reopen June 1. In-home child care programs can reopen June 8. Bars and groups of 50 people or less will be allowed starting June 29.


  • INDIANA: OPENING FRIDAY Retail: Retail businesses may now resume at 75% capacity.  Social gatherings: Gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed in Indiana beginning Friday, Gov. Eric Holcomb said. Gyms, community pools, campgrounds: All of these business sectors may now resume business at 50% capacity, Raceways: All of Indiana'a raceways have been given the green light to reopen, but without fans.
    • WHAT'S NEXT? Government offices, manufacturing, office settings, retail all fully open on June 14. Social gatherings of 250 people or fewer are permitted on June 14. Everything is slated to reopen with social distancing on July 4. Read the full article at WLWT


  • Restaurants, bars, stores begin reopening Friday in northern Michigan, UP Doors will reopen at northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula restaurants, bars, offices and stores Friday, the first region of the state allowed to get back to business after the pandemic shutdown.Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order reopens retail businesses and offices as well as bars and restaurants operating at half capacity. Businesses also must train employees on health and safety protocols, keep groups six feet from one another and require workers to wear face coverings. Business leaders have criticized Whitmer for not opening up certain areas of the state earlier. Rich Studley, president and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, said earlier this week that the phased reopening is "long overdue" and "should have happened weeks ago." Read the full article at Detroit News


  • Mayor announces 5-phase plan to reopen Atlanta amid COVID-19 outbreak As states begin to roll back shutdown measures amid the coronavirus pandemic, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a five-phase reopening plan for the city on Thursday night. The plan does not feature dates for when certain phases will be triggered. Instead, the city will progress from phase to phase “based on milestone metrics and recent data,” according to a press release from the city. The announcement comes nearly a month after Bottoms created an advisory council to plan the city’s eventual reopening. The council was created the same day that Gov. Brian Kemp announced the state would reopen at the end of April.


  • New York Adds Two Regions to Reopening: New York City is set to be the only part of the state on lockdown after next week. Long Island and the Mid-Hudson regions are on a trajectory to reopen, provided they see their deaths continue to decline and meet contact-tracing targets, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said today at a virus briefing. In anticipation, construction preparation can begin in those two regions. With those areas, nine of 10 New York regions will have begun phased-in restarts, after more than seven weeks on lockdown. Keshia Clukey has more.
  • In neighboring New Jersey, outdoor gatherings of 25 people, up from 10, will be allowed, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said. Indoor gatherings will still be limited to 10 people, he said. The state reported 146 new deaths, bringing the toll to 10,985. An additional 1,394 new cases were reporting, pushing the total to 152,719, Murphy said.
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