In an effort to further reduce community-spread of COVID-19, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has issued an Executive Order that only certain businesses may remain open to serve essential functions. Businesses considered “non-essential” will be required to close as of Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:59pm. Businesses needed for transportation, Including "Gas Stations, Auto Supply, Auto Repair, Farm Equipment, Construction Equipment, Boat Repair, and Related Facilities and Bicycle Shops and Related Facilities” are listed among the businesses considered essential.
The Executive Order also requires social distancing in Section 15 of the Order. This includes designating 6 foot distances with signage, tape, or by other means. Also, businesses are required to have separate operating hours for vulnerable populations, post hours of operation on their website, and implement other measures for the safety and health of employees and customers. Dealers are also required to follow the CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers in Section 18 of the Order, including actively encouraging employees to remain home until they are fever free for 72 hours, performing routine environmental cleaning, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene by all employees. For additional guidance, dealers should consult the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers, which is located HERE.
OADA appreciates the Governor’s commitment to the health and safety of Ohioans and applauds his Administration for taking steps to reduce community spread of this COVID-19 pandemic. OADA had advocated that our members remain open for sales and service to serve the essential needs of our customers, including local governments and municipalities, the trucking industry, and others. We are committed to continuing to serve our communities, while maintaining precautions to protect their health and well-being.
OADA believes that this Order permits dealers to be open for sales and service functions. However, if dealers have any questions regarding the scope of what services they may continue to offer, please contact your legal counsel for additional guidance.