DeWine Orders Salons, Barbershops, Tattoo Shops and 181 of Ohio's BMVs to Close Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Governor DeWine announced new closures, along with some advice from his wife about how to stay occupied

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Photo: Screengrab from today's press conference

In today's (March 18) news conference regarding recent COVID-19 updates, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and DeWine's wife, Fran DeWine, covered new business closure orders, virus testing information, advice about how to spend your time while social distancing, and tips for small business owners and the recently unemployed. 

DeWine ordered that all barbershops, beauty salons, tattoo parlors and hair and nail salons close today, as well as 181 BMV registrar locations throughout Ohio; there will still be five essential locations remaining open for issuing/renewing commercial driver's licenses to keep the transportation system in motion. 

DeWine also asked that employers direct their employees to check their temperatures before entering work.

Businesses should do everything they can to monitor their workforce. We're dead serious about employers taking temperatures. We're expecting them to do this.

— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 18, 2020

An overarching theme of today's conference was that COVID-19 tests are scarce, and only those in the health care field or in hospitals should be taking them. The governor, along with members of the Ohio Department of Health explained that if you feel ill, just stay at home.

#COVID19 Testing: Testing is limited. It will, in all likelihood, remain limited. But please, do not fixate on testing. The vast majority of Ohioans who have symptoms do not need to be tested for the virus. If you are feeling symptoms, you should act like you have it.

— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 18, 2020

For most, the virus will pass, but if your symptoms grow worse or you have trouble breathing, call your primary care doctor or go to the emergency room. They noted to call ahead and explain if you think you may have the virus before showing up. 

.@DrAmyActon: If you have a sudden onset of worsening symptoms, call your doctor. If you have difficulty breathing, call your ER and let them know you are coming. Then, go to the ER. #COVID19 #COVID19OhioReady #FlattenTheCurve

— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 18, 2020

Lt. Governor Husted brought up two important details about hope for small businesses and help for the recently unemployed. He said that the state has submitted a request to the Small Business Association to qualify Ohio for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and also explained how to file for unemployment benefits. 

As the Lt. Governor reinforced during today’s #COVID2019 briefing, employees impacted during this challenging time can visit to learn more about & apply for unemployment benefits.

— Lt. Governor Jon Husted (@LtGovHusted) March 18, 2020

The conference was led by a message from DeWine's wife, who shared several ways for those staying at home to spend their time thoughtfully and productively. Struewing mentioned reading to your children, cooking meals together, learning how to play the guitar, cleaning and organizing and preparing your garden as just a few of the ways you can occupy your days during these uncertain and isolated times. 

For more information about today's conference, visit

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