COLUMBUS Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Ohio Dept. of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, announced Ohio will be under a "Stay at Home" order. The order will go into effect beginning Monday at 11:59 p.m. through April 6, unless it is rescinded or modified, according to a Sunday press release.

"We haven't faced an enemy like we are facing today in 102 years — we are at war. In the time of war, we must make sacrifices, and I thank all of our Ohio citizens for what they are doing and what they aren't doing. You are making a huge difference, and this difference will save lives," said DeWine. "Right now, we are in a crucial time in this battle. What we do now will slow this invader so that our healthcare system will have time to treat those who have contracted COVID-19 and also have time to treat those who have other medical problems. Time is of the essence.”

Non-essential business and operations must cease under the order. All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, with very few exceptions.

The order allows travel into and out of the state to maintain essential businesses and operations.

Leaving the home is only permitted for the following reasons: Health and safety; necessary supplies and services; outdoor activity (as long as social distancing is practiced); certain types of essential work; and to provide care for others.

Essential government functions will continue.

The intent of this order is to ensure that that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence while enabling essential services to continue.

The goal is to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. There were 350-plus cases reported in Ohio as of Sunday afternoon.

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