Stay At Home Order
Information for Students and Faculty Related to Ohio’s Stay at Home Order
On Sunday, April 5, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health Amy Acton extended the Stay at Home Order, stating that “all individuals currently living within the State of Ohio are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence except as allowed in this Order.” The extension is currently effective until May 1.
How does this apply to students remaining in the residence halls?
Students who had been granted an exception to live on campus, including students who have aged out of foster care, international students and select other special situations, may continue to reside in the residence halls. The Stay at Home Order applies to these residents in that they should minimize activity outside of their rooms to those necessary including, per the order, activities necessary for health and safety, picking up essential supplies and services, outdoor activities compliant with appropriate social distancing, work in essential businesses or operations, or to take care of others.
NOTE: The order prohibits public and private gatherings of any size occurring outside of a single household or living unit, meaning that on-campus residents should practice social distancing at all times with persons other than their roommate and gatherings should not be planned inside or outside of the residence halls.
How does this apply to employees?
The order states that individuals may leave their home for activities necessary for health and safety, picking up essential supplies and services, outdoor activities compliant with appropriate social distancing, work in essential businesses or operations, or to take care of others.
The order further defines essential businesses and operations to include, among other things:
Essential Infrastructure, including food production, distribution, construction, building management and maintenance, solid waste and recycling collection and removal, and internet, video, and telecommunications systems.
Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services
Educational Institutions. Including but not limited to colleges, and universities – for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible.
Based on the above, the order is in line with Ohio University’s current business practices with regard to ongoing work on campus. President M. Duane Nellis announced on Sunday, March 15 that all employees who can complete all or a portion of their work remotely would transition to a remote work environment beginning Monday, March 16, in order to reduce the density of personnel on campus. A limited number of crucial employees continue to report to campus, which is in line with the Governor’s essential business definitions.