Childcare, Pools, Gyms, and More: Ohio Announces More Reopening Dates


( Columbus, Ohio ) - Daycare will be allowed to reopen in Ohio on May 31 with a variety of new protocols--especially when it comes to cleaning--in place.

The chair of the Early Childhood Advisory Council, Joni Close, gave details on the announcement Thursday during Gov Mike DeWine's latest news conference. She said "cleaning is the word of the day," in regard to toys, surfaces, common areas, and more. Children being dropped off will get daily temperature checks, hands will be washed multiple times a day, and class size will be reduced. Gov DeWine says the new restrictions are going to come with a cost, so Ohio will be providing federal CARES Act money to childcare providers.

More details can be found here.

Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted announced that day camps are also allowed to open on May 31.

He went on to announce more openings like campgrounds on May 21. BMV's, gyms, and non-contact sports can all resume May 26. Swimming pools can open May 26, but that doesn't include amusement parks or water parks. Horseracing can open a little earlier, May 22, though that will be without spectators.