April 27, 2020 / 6:49 PM / a month ago

Ohio governor outlines 'first steps' to begin reopening state amid coronavirus

DETROIT, April 27 (Reuters) - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Monday outlined the “first steps” to begin reopening the Midwestern state’s economy, starting with non-essential surgeries on May 1 and then moving on to the manufacturing and retail sectors after that.

On May 1, the state will allow non-essential surgeries that do not require an overnight hospital stay, DeWine said in a press conference. Three days later, the manufacturing, distribution and construction sector will reopen, and on May 12 consumer retail and services will reopen.

DeWine said companies will still need to require employees and customers to wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines. (Reporting by Ben Klayman Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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