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Covid-19 Pandemic Information

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The Responsible Restart of Ohio

 

Director’s Stay Safe Ohio Order, 4.30.2020 https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/Directors-Stay-Safe-Ohio-Order.pdf

• The Responsible restart order was signed late Thursday night by Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton. The previous order was set to expire May 1.  In the order, Dr. Acton said the extension was "to avoid an imminent threat with a high probability of widespread exposure to COVID-19 with a significant risk of substantial harm to a large number of people in the general population." 
 The new directive, signed by State Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, sets new operating standards through May 29.  The order allows certain businesses to open, provided they follow recommended workplace safety precautions.  It adds that schools, bars and restaurants, appearance and beauty enterprises, child care and entertainment and gymnasiums must remain closed.

 

• Complete order can be seen in the above link.

• Stay Home Ohio order is now -- Stay Safe Ohio order as we enter this new phase.

• There are advisory groups for restaurants, barbershops/salons.  Working on groups for libraries, travel/tourism, sports, outdoor recreation, gym, theater, childcare, adult daycare.  Expect dates for reopening restaurants and hair salons to be available next week

• Guidance for graduation ceremonies will be posted at https://t.co/3lWx4IRScb?amp=1

• The governor clarified the recommendation for masks is mandatory for employees “unless not advisable by a healthcare professional, goes against industry best practices, or is not permitted by federal or state laws and regulations."

• Gov. DeWine announced $16 million in grant funding was awarded to the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Service as a part of the Federal CARES Act.  Agencies are not limited to but can use the funding for cleaning PPE, overtime costs, new technology, virtual court hearings, inmate medical needs and supplies for COVID-19.

• Regarding the re-opening of Ohio, the governor said the state is going to follow three guiding principles: Protect the health of employees, customers and their families; support community efforts to control the spread of the virus; and lead in responsibly getting Ohio back to work.  Slides from his presentation are listed at the bottom of this report.  Industryspecific criteria can be found at Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio

• 5 protocols for ALL businesses :

     1. Face coverings for employees and clients/customers is strongly recommend at all times.

     2. Conduct daily health assessments by employers and employees (self-evaluation) to determine if "fit for duty." 

     3. Maintain good hygiene at all times - handwashing and social distancing

     4. Clean and sanitize workplaces throughout the workday and at the close of business or between shifts. 

     5. Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines. Establish max capacity at 50% of fire code. And use appointment settings where possible to limit congestion.   

Good morning!

 

With the April 1, 2020 implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) I know that there are a number of questions on how this should be administered.    

 

This information should help you and the rest of our members to work through the issues with this change in procedure.    If you have any questions on these items your first call should be to your District TACS and HR people for answers.    

 

Thanks for all that all of you are doing during this crisis and I want to remind you to stay safe, wash your hands often and stay as informed as possible.

Have a great day!

 

Daniel M. Heins
National President
United Postmasters and Managers of America

 

 "It is so quiet                          out here"

I have had time to reflex on many valuable lessons that this monster has taught me. . I have come to appreciate many of these lessons, and I have become more appreciative of so much. 

. It has taught me to slow down, and appreciate what I have in my life. It has taught me the importance of bonding. 

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