Recent Updates

Last Updated 10:00pm on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

(6/2) Governor DeWine announced that he is intensifying efforts in Ohio to improve issues of health and economic disparities, racism, and inequity. The efforts will include new plans to improve law enforcement access to quality training, enhancing transparency between the police and the public, recruiting more minorities to serve as peace officers, and adding more oversight to Ohio's law enforcement agencies to ensure accountability. Please click here for more information on the plans ahead.

(6/2) Ohio announced that it intends to reopen schools in the fall, but individual starting dates will be up to each local school board. In the near future, broad reopening guidelines will be issued for schools in regard to protecting the health of students and staff when the school year resumes.

(6/2) Governor DeWine announced today that health care providers, including dentists, may resume all surgeries and procedures that had previously been delayed if they meet certain safety criteria. Visit Responsible RestartOhio for more information.

(5/29) Governor DeWine and Health Director Amy Acton have released an Updated and Revised Order for Business Guidance and Social Distancing. Additionally, they rescinded the Director's Order that the Sale of Spirituous Liquor be Restricted in Certain Instances in Certain Counties - more info on which can be found here.

(5/28) Printable resources that can be used by anyone in Ohio to display common symptoms, protocols, or guidelines during the reopening of business and services throughout Ohio available in English and Spanish on the coronavirus website here.

(5/28) The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is deferring Ohio employers' premium installments for the months of June, July, and August. Businesses will have the option to defer the monthly premium payments with no financial penalties. This is the second payment deferral BWC has given to employers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

(5/28) Governor DeWine announced today that the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has clarified rules that allow pharmacists to order and administer tests for COVID-19. To help Ohioans find testing locations, a map has been added to that lists COVID-19 testing centers in Ohio. Furthermore, information on the Governor's COVID-19 testing priorities can be found here.

(5/26) COVID-19 signage and health screening questions for use with customers/clients as resources for businesses and other organizations who want to use them are available on the coronavirus website HERE.

(5/26) Governor DeWine announced the formation of new Congregate Care Unified Response Teams to test residents and staff members in Ohio's nursing homes. Medically-trained members of the Ohio National Guard will begin testing residents and staff within nursing homes beginning this week. This testing will help nursing home administrators gauge the status of the virus in their facilities and help isolate the virus to stop it from infecting their community.

(5/26) Over the weekend, the SBA released updated guidelines for the PPP loan forgiveness process, which can be found here. To view the application for PPP loan forgiveness, please click here.

(5/21) Governor DeWine announced initial findings from his Minority Health Strike Force. The team was formed in April in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans who make up 14 percent of Ohio's population, but represent 26 percent of positive COVID-19 cases, 31 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and 17 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Ohio.

(5/19) Governor DeWine released details of the new "Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory" which replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued by the Ohio Department of Health on April 30, 2020.  Click here for more information.

(5/19) Governor DeWine also announced that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) will begin distributing at least 2 million non-medical-grade face coverings to Ohio employers who are covered by BWC. Public and private employers that participate in the State Insurance Fund will receive a package from BWC containing at least 50 face coverings. The masks are funded through BWC’s existing budget and will not impact any premiums.

(5/18) Governor DeWine announced that he is assembling an enforcement team to ensure that bars and restaurants are operating safely under the Responsible RestartOhio plan. The enforcement team will operate as part of the Ohio Department of Safety's Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) and will conduct safety compliance checks in crowded bars and restaurants.  Businesses found violating the Stay Safe Ohio order or the Dine Safe Ohio order will receive administrative citations that could result in the revocation of liquor licenses.

(5/18) Businesses can now download and print posters and forms that effectively display all reopening rules and regulations here.

(5/15) Today, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the CARES Act. The SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities. Click here to view the application and instructions.

(5/14) The application process has opened for Round 2 of the Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program. For all information on the grant program and how to apply, please click here.

(5/14) Beginning Sunday, May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these providers can meet required safety protocols. Click here to learn more about the safety requirements and best practices. To assist in the reopening of child care centers, Ohio will seek to use more than $60 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide reopening grants to all of Ohio’s childcare providers, including family childcare, childcare centers, and both publicly-funded and private providers. More information on how to apply will soon be posted to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' website.

(5/14) Beginning Tuesday, May 26, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) locations in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for certain services if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. Services that can be accomplished online should still be done online. More details on online BMV services can be found at

(5/14) Beginning Tuesday, May 26, gyms and fitness centers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. To review the State of Ohio's sector specific safety protocols and best practices, please click here.

(5/11) JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control today announced they will offer a one-time rebate to bars and restaurants to defray the cost of restocking high-proof spirituous liquor. Beginning in mid-May, JobsOhio will provide a $500 rebate in high-proof spirituous liquor to eligible permits for purchases made through Ohio Liquor Contract Liquor Agencies. To view qualifying permits and to register for the liquor rebate program, click here.

(5/7) Governor DeWine announced when restaurants and bars in Ohio will be permitted to reopen. Outdoor dining may resume May 15 and dine-in services may resume May 21.  Governor DeWine also announced that personal services such as hair salons, barbershops, day spas, nail salons, and tanning facilities may reopen on May 15. To review the mandatory and recommended best practices for reopening, please click here.

(5/5) Governor DeWine announced $775 million in reductions to Ohio's General Revenue Fund for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020 which ends on June 30. Detailed information on where Ohio's budget stands and where reductions will be made can be found here.

(5/4) The Administration provided new information on Ohio's plan for increased COVID-19 testing that will allow for a steady supply of testing reagent and swabs. With Ohio's new increased testing capacity, Ohio will prioritize various testing groups. Additional information can be found here.

(5/3) As many employers prepare to reopen, many employees are expected to return to their previous employment. We urge everyone to review the Return to Work Guidelines on the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services website here.

(5/1) The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today announced his Department will allocate $685 million in COVID-19 relief funding to help low-income Americans residing in public housing. The funding, made available by the CARES Act legislation President Trump signed into law on March 27, 2020, will be awarded to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) across the Nation.

(4/30) The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced it is expanding the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program. As part of its broad effort to support the economy, the Federal Reserve developed the Main Street Lending Program to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the pandemic. More information can be found here.

(4/27) Governor DeWine announced the Responsible RestartOhio plan which aims to protect the health of employees and customers, while supporting community efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 and responsibly getting back to work. A summary of the plan and reopening schedule can be found here.

(4/27) The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan applications for small businesses to continue paying workers & survive the pandemic.

(4/24) President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancements Act, which provides nearly $500 billion for small businesses, healthcare providers, and expanded testing.

(4/24) Starting today, Ohioans who are unemployed as a result of COVID-19 but who don't qualify for regular unemployment benefits can begin pre-registering for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers.  To pre-register for PUA benefits, click here.

(4/21) JobsOhio commits up to $50 million to provide lending support to companies negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, in a partnership with Peoples Bank and the recently merged First Federal & Home Savings Banks.  For more information on this initiative and how to apply for this lending support, click here.

(4/20) The Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 has launched the Ohio Emergency PPE Makers’ Exchange, an online marketplace where organizations that need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and related equipment can find a selection offered by Ohio manufacturers and makers -- many of which have retooled to produce in-demand products.

(4/20) The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services launched a new website for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) expanded eligibility program.  For more information, including resources for employees and employers, as well as the latest updates on expanded eligibility, click here.

(4/16) The Small Business Administration (SBA) announces that it is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, based on currently available funding.  Additionally, The SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans have exhausted the initial funding allotment, and no new applications will be accepted at this point.  However, additional funding is being deliberated by the U.S. Congress.

(4/15) The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation launches the Save Small Business Initiative, which includes financial aid and other resources to help address small business' immediate needs, mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilize support for long-term recovery.  Learn more here.  Click here for eligibility criteria and applications for the Save Small Business Fund.

(4/13) The Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program application period closed at 9:00am on Monday, April 13, 2020.  Awards will be announced the week of April 20, 2020.

(4/09) The Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation Board approves a $1.6 billion dividend for Ohio employers to help ease the economic impact of COVID-19.  Learn more here.

(4/07) The Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program is launched to provide grants to Summit County businesses that have completed an SBA loan application in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.  Learn more here.

(4/03) OhioMeansJobs Summit County is now offering virtual workshops for job seekers during the COVID-19 closure.  For more information, click here.

(4/02) Ohio extends Stay-At-Home Order, specifying that all individuals living in Ohio are ordered to stay at home, except as allowed in this amended Order, until 11:59pm May 1, 2020.  Learn more here.

(3/31) Greater Akron Chamber hosted a Community Update virtual meeting with regional public health and health care leaders and elected officials to provide updates, give guidance, and answer questions.  View a recording of the full meeting here.

(3/30) Summit County creates the COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program, administered through the Greater Akron Chamber, offering a bridge for small businesses accessing SBA loans.  View the release here.

(3/27) Ohio Governor DeWine signs Ohio House Bill 197, providing emergency relief to Ohioans during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more here.

(3/27) The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a set of emergency stimulus measures valued at over $2 trillion, was signed into law.  For an overview and FAQ, click here.  Information on resources included in this new law will be updated on this website as details become available.

(3/24) Greater Akron Chamber hosts virtual meeting with healthcare leaders and elected officials to provide updates, give guidance, and answer questions.  View a recording of the full meeting here.

(3/23) The Federal Reserve is leveraging its full range of tools to support the flow of credit to American families and businesses, in accordance with its dual mandate to promote maximum employment and stable prices.  Learn more here.

(3/22) Ohio issues Stay-At-Home Order, ordering all Ohio residents to stay at home except for essential activities, essential government functions, or essential business operations.  The order will take effect at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23rd, 2020.  Any gathering of more than 10 people is prohibited unless exempted by this Order.  Learn more here.

(3/21) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will issue waivers for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of essential goods. ODOT will also waive the current permit fee for this.

(3/21) Ohio's Bureau of Worker's Compensation allows businesses to defer Payments for March, April, and May 2020, to June 1, 2020.

(3/20) The U.S. Treasury has changed the April 15, 2020, tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020, for all tax payers and businesses.

(3/19) SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans now open for Ohio Small Businesses.

(3/19) Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is closing 181 of its locations; law enforcement is being directed to use discretion in penalizing drivers with expired licenses; CDL testing and issuance is to continue.

(3/18) President Trump signs “phase 2” relief bill, enabling paid sick leave for those sent home with coronavirus symptoms or positive diagnoses.

(3/18) HUD suspends all foreclosures and evictions for the next 60 days to provide immediate relief for homeowners.

(3/18) Ohio Governor’s office submits formal request for federal assistance for small businesses, following required data-gathering process.

(3/16) Due to COVID-19, the Ohio Primary Election postponed in-person voting from March 17 to June 2; vote-by-mail options are available in the interim.

(3/16) Ohio issues order to close recreation centers such as movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, indoor parks, and other such facilities.

(3/15) Ohio bars & restaurants ordered to close; liquor buyback program made available.

(3/13) FirstEnergy, Dominion, and the City of Akron forgo utility shutoffs amid pandemic.



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