This week, the Ohio Senate voted 31-0 to pass House Bill 215, which will allow any business to remain open during future pandemics. The bill has been sent to Gov. Mike DeWine for his signature or veto.
The “Business Fairness Act” would permit any business that would otherwise be ordered to close under a statewide health order to remain open as long as the business can demonstrate it is following the same safety protocols that are required of “essential businesses.” Due in large part to the work of the OMA, most Ohio manufacturers and their suppliers were deemed essential during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak in spring 2020. 11/17/2021