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DeWine: Many Ohio businesses can re-open — but under these guidelines

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WPTA21) - Many Ohio businesses will soon be back open, Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Monday.

In an address to the state and a series of tweets, DeWine said his "heart aches for the businessmen and women who have not been able to work, and who are looking at savings going down every day. For the employees who are unemployed. One cannot overstate the tragedy of this, so we have to get moving - but at the same time protect Ohioans."

He then laid out the plan to restart thousands of businesses in the Buckeye State.

Doctors, dentists and veterinarians can resume normal operations on May 1 as part of a "healthcare reopening," he said.

The order will apply to anyone providing healthcare procedures that do not require overnight hospitalization.

Days later, other industries will see a resumption of business.

DeWine also cleared the way for "general office environments" to reopen, but said the state is encouraging those who can to work from home.

On May 12, consumer, retail and general services will return.

"These are the basic principals for consumer, retail, and other services," he said. "We do want employees to wear masks. Every retail outlet will have to be able to follow these protocols."

DeWine has not announced any plans for restaurants, salons and gyms.

DeWine said there were a "lot of moving parts" in play and that the moves marked the beginning of a gradual return to normal.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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