Day care

Day care centers await a directive from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on when they can re-open.

COLUMBUS -- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday he is not yet ready to say when childcare centers around the state can re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We're still working on it," the governor said during his regular press briefing. "It's very important that we get this right. We don't want to announce a date until we have the right protocols in place."

During his last briefing on Thursday, the governor had said he would have an announcement on Monday about childcare centers.

"To be candid, the mistakes I've made in my career have come about when I didn't have all the facts, or didn't dig deep enough, or didn't ask the right people," DeWine said.

"Re-opening childcare centers is simply too important to do so without all the protocols in place. We're focusing on the safety of the kids, their families and their employees."

DeWine said about 90 percent of the state's economy will be open by Tuesday under his Stay Safe Ohio orders.

On May 15, DeWine has said, hair salons, barbershops, day spas, tanning facilities and nail salons can re-open. The governor said restaurants and bars can re-open for outside dine-in service on May 15 and inside dining on May 21.

All of those businesses will have to comply with state guidelines on social distancing and other precautions, DeWine said.

"I certainly know how important this is, as Ohio opens back up, that childcare is absolutely an essential part of people going back to work," he said.

The governor said the state will offer a one-time rebate to bars and restaurants to defray the cost of restocking high-proof liquor.

There were also no announcements from DeWine on Monday regarding re-opening dates for gyms, fitness centers and movie theatres.

Dr. Amy Acton, the Ohio Health Department director, also announced the earliest cases of COVID-19 in Ohio now date back to January.

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