Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Like many of you, OGA has been learning more about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) and how it is affecting the world in which we live and work. This means understanding how the virus affects our team, our events, and our members, and making necessary adjustments to operations and procedures. See below for all the latest information and resources.

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Most Updated Information


COVID-19 Special Alert Update – Curfew


COVID-19 Special Alert Update – Mask Ordinance

COVID-19 Special Alert Update – Attention All Liquor Agencies – Health Order Enforcing Mask-Wearing in Retail Locations

Ohio Department of Health Director’s Order

Order effective date November 16, 12:01 a.m. – click here

Revised order for Mass Gathering in the State of Ohio with Exceptions, Effective date November 17, 12:01 a.m.

Ohio Public Health Advisory System

The Public Health Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework to assess the degree of the virus’ spread and to engage and empower individuals, businesses, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions. Please visit this website for updates.

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FDA New Food Safety Checklist – Best Practices for Reopening Responsibly
Click Here!

I Believe – Face Masks” ad HERE

“I Believe – Social Distancing” ad HERE

“Up to All of Us” ad  HERE

COVID-19 Minor Labor Laws

SNAP Enrollment Hits Record High During Pandemic

The number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) grew by 17 percent between February and May, according to a recent study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Between 6 and 7 million more people are now using the program compared to before the pandemic.    The increase in participation is unprecedented and surpasses other SNAP participation spikes seen during recent economic downturns such as the Great Recession. Learn more here.

Ohio Updates 6.24.2020: Public Awareness Campaigns, Fireworks, Criminal Justice Grants

Liquor Commission Action

On Friday, July 31, 2020, the Ohio Liquor Commission met to adopt a revised rule with regard to the sale of alcoholic beverages at Ohio’s bars and restaurants in response to recent data regarding the spread of COVID-19.OAC 4301:1-1-80 does several key things with regard to liquor permit holders for on-premises consumption. Click here for the full language. It limits the hours for on-premises sales or consumption of beer, wine, mixed beverages, and spirituous liquor in the following manner: prohibits the sale of beer, wine, mixed beverages, or spirituous liquor for on-premises consumption from Monday to Sunday after 10:00 p.m.; and prohibits the consumption of beer, wine, mixed beverages, or spirituous liquor on the premises after 11:00 p.m. It also continues the ability for these permit holders to sell and deliver beer, wine, and mixed beverages in the original packages for off-premises consumption to the extent permitted by law or rule. It allows these liquor permit holders to sell and deliver beer, wine, mixed beverages, or spirituous liquor by the individual drink for off-premises consumption under certain circumstances, and the new rule expands the number of drinks to three per meal, up from two previously. Note: This mostly applies to bars and restaurants, not retail sales; but if you have a bar inside your store then you must comply with the rule below. 

Speaker Selection

The Ohio House of Representatives met on July 30, 2020, in a special session to consider the removal of Larry Householder from his position as Speaker of the House due to the pending criminal indictments against him announced recently by the US Attorney’s Office. The full House voted 91-0 to remove Speaker Householder from the position. The House Republicans then met to consider a new Speaker and voted late yesterday afternoon to name Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) the new Speaker. Representative Cupp is serving in his third term in the Ohio House. He previously served many years in the Ohio Senate. He also served as an appellate judge and as an Ohio Supreme Court Justice. His bio can be found here:


The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is deferring Ohio employers’ premium installments for the months of June, July, and August. Businesses will have the option to defer the monthly premium payments with no financial penalties. 

“By extending the premium due date, businesses can continue to focus on the safety and well-being of their employees and customers during this health pandemic,” said Governor DeWine. 

This is the second payment deferral BWC has given to employers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The deferral is designed to help employers focus financial resources on re-opening their businesses under the Responsible RestartOhio Plan.

Ohio Senate and House Both Approved Emergency Legislative Measures

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, mostly behind closed doors, the Senate and House both approved emergency legislative measures in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Senate met first, followed by concurrence from the House and amended House Bill 197, which deals with various tax corrective changes. Among the highlights were extending absentee voting by mail for March 17 primary to April 28, 2020; codifying various executive orders from Governor DeWine; transferring, appropriating or freezing numerous funds or provisions over the following months including aligning Ohio due to the Feds moving the tax filing deadline from April 15th to July 15Th;  waiving various school requirements; and granting certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) limited authority to perform additional duties. A full summary of changes and the amendment language is attached. For additional questions please contact Kristin Mullins.

The Ohio Grocers Association Supports Passage of Ohio Coronavirus Economic Relief Package


On April 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)issued guidance specific to the meat and poultry processing industry to facilitate ongoing operations while mitigating the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends utilizing these recommendations where practical. In the event of a closure, USDA recommends establishments work with their state department of agriculture and state and local health authorities, in coordination with CDC, to utilize the guidance and develop a plan to safely resume operations as quickly as possible, without compromising public health. Read the full guidance.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) has announced the launch of a new mental health “COVID CareLine” for Ohioans.
Trained staff are available at a toll-free number (1-800-720-9616) to provide emotional assistance to anyone struggling with mental health concerns due to the ongoing stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) has announced the launch of new mental health “COVID CareLine” for Ohioans.
Trained staff are available at a toll-free number (1-800-720-9616) to provide emotional assistance to anyone struggling with mental health concerns due to the ongoing stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MHAS offers a social media toolkit with sample social media posts as well as posters that are available on the agency’s website at

Please use the following links below for the most up to date information.


FDA Summary of Best Practices for Retail Food Store

7/23/2020 – SNAP Enrollment Hits Record High During Pandemic

7/17/2020 – Special Alert – NGA ALERT – Urge Congress to Expand SNAP Online in Next Relief Package

6/25/2020 – NGA Urges Swift Action to Address Nationwide Shortage of Coins


11/14/2020 – SPECIAL ALERT -COVID-19: Mask Ordinance-Effective Date 12:01 am on Nov. 16th

11/11/2020 – SPECIAL ALERT -COVID-19 Update: Ohio hits record number of cases!

10/16/20 – SPECIAL ALERT – COVID-19 UPDATE: Ohio hits record number of cases!

9/23/2020 – SPECIAL ALERT – COVID-19 UPDATE: Dine-safe Order

8/4/2020 – SPECIAL ALERT – COVID-19 Update: Masks in Schools

8/3/2020 – SPECIAL ALERT – COVID-19 Update: Masks vs Shields

7/31/2020 – Special Alert – Liquor + Speaker Selection

7/30/2020 – SPECIAL ALERT – COVID-19 Update RX

7/28/2020 – Special Alert – COVID-19 Update: Child Care Ratios to be Lifted Additional Restrictions Announced for Local Fairs

7/22/2020 – Special Alert – COVID-19 Update: Governor DeWine Issues Statewide Mask Order, Travel Warning

7/15/2020 – Special Alert – Governor’s Evening Press Conference

7/9/2020 – Special Alert -COVID-19 Update: New Risk Levels, Higher Education Guidance, Funding for Schools, Homelessness Grant, IMAP Launch, SharedWork Program, Plasma Donation

7/7/2020 – Special Alert -COVID-19 Update: Face Coverings to be Required in High-Risk Counties CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE STATE WEBSITE PAGE!

7/1/2020 – Special Alert – Recommendations for Improving Building Ventilation Systems to Reduce Risk of Airborne COVID-19 Transmission

5/19/2020 – Special Alert – COVID-19 Update: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory

5/14/2020 – Special Alert – COVID-19 Update: New Responsible RestartOhio Opening Dates

5/11/2020 – Special Alert – Ohio Liquor Update!

5/7/2020 – Special Alert – COVID-19 Update: Reopening of Restaurants, Bars, and Personal Care Services

5/6/2020 – Hump Day Email – Free Webinar – Post-Pandemic Return-To-Work  

4/29/2020 – Special Alert – COVID19 Governor Update – Face Coverings

4/28/2020 – Special Alert – COVID19 Governor Update

4/27/2020 – Special Alert – Phased Re-Openings

4/23/2020 – Farm, Food and Agribusiness COVID-19 Survey Reveals Impacts on Ohio’s Food System (Scroll down to the Farm Bureau)

4/20/2020 – Special Alert – OJFS & School Update!

4/14/2020 – Special Alert – NGA Action Alert ~ Urge Congress to Support our COVID-19 Heroes!

4/13/2020 – Special Alert – Ohio Liquor Update (County Restrictions)!

4/10/2020 – Special Alert – Ohio Liquor Update!

4/10/2020 – Special Alert – BWC Update!

4/9/2020 – Special Alert – Tax Action Needed & ODOT Update!

4/8/2020 – Special Alert – Ohio Liquor ~ BWC ~ Update!

4/8/2020 – Special Alert – Absentee Ballot Information

4/7/2020 – Special Alert – Governor Mike DeWine ~ Recap of News Confernece

4/6/2020 – Special Alert – “We’re Looking For Heroes!”

4/6/2020 – Special Alert – OGA Store Preparedness Flyer — Masks

4/4/2020 – Special Alert – Ohioans Encouraged to Wear Cloth Masks in Public

4/3/2020 – Special Alert – Guidelines for restricted access!

4/2/2020 – Governor DeWine’s stay at home order until May 1.

4/2/2020 – Special Alert – Governor DeWine & Absentee Ballot Update!

4/1/2020 – Special Alert – Governor DeWine Press Conference & Ohio Liquor Update!

3/31/2020 – EMAIL Sent to Governor DeWine

3/31/2020 – Special Alert – Ohio Liquor ~ Milk ~ Resources Update!

3/30/2020 – Special Alert – Liquor Update – Response to Manufacturer Request

3/30/2020 – Special Alert – SNAP & Ohio Liquor UPDATE!

3/30/2020 – Special Alert – CARES Act Provides Small Business Relief

3/29/2020 – Special Alert – Ohio Liquor UPDATE!

3/28/2020 – Special Alert – ODJFS – Childcare for Grocery Workers & FMI Update

3/28/2020 – Special Alert – Food Industry Protocols and SNAP Update

3/27/2020 – Special Alert – SNAP Emergency Allotments in Ohio

3/27/2020 – Special Alert – DOL Issues Guidance on Paid Leave Mandate

3/26/2020 – Special Alert – A reminder from ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks

3/25/2020 – Special Alert – WIC UPDATE!

3/24/2020 – Special Alert – Labeling of Bulk Eggs at Retail ~ Liquor Update ~ Survey!

3/24/2020 – Special Alert – Minor Work Permits

3/24/2020 – Special Alert – Families First Coronavirus Response Act & CDL Waiver

3/23/2020 – Special Alert – Employee Resources (Car Decal & Social Distancing)

3/23/2020 – Special Alert – Governor’s Businesses Website Information Page

3/22/2020 – Special Alert – Ohio Liquor UPDATE!

3/22/2020 – Governor’s Order – Director’s Stay at Home Order

3/22/2020 – Special Alert – Governor & Gongwer UPDATE! – Governor Issues Stay at Home Order; Waiver of School Testing Mandate

3/21/2020 – Special Alert – BWC & Homeland Security UPDATE!

3/20/2020 – Special Alert – ODOT & FMI Update!

3/20/2020 – Special Alert – Governor’s Update & Employee Temperature Taking

3/20/2020 – Special Alert – COVID-19 OGA Store Response Kits

3/20/2020 – Special Alert – ODOT & Homeland Security UPDATE!

3/19/2020 – Special Alert – FDA Stakeholder Call – Read here for notes!

3/19/2020 – Special Alert – ATTN: WIC Retailers and Dairy Processors

3/18/2020 – UPDATE Governor DeWine — Additional Business Closures; Updates on COVID-19 Cases

3/18/2020 – Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted Submit Formal Request for Federal Assistance for Small Businesses

3/18/2020 – Special Alert_Coronavirus_NGA_Update– Paid Leave Requirements

3/18/2020 – Special Alert_Outbreak Best Practices and Planning for the Immediate Situation – From FMI: Best Practices During the Pandemic

3/17/2020 – Special Alert_Coronavirus_Ohio Job and Family Services – Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits

3/16/2020 – Special Alert_Coronavirus_Governor_Update – Additional Closures

3/16/2020 – Special Alert_Department of Alcohol Update – Wholesale Agencies and Returned Product

3/15/2020 – Special Alert_Coronavirus_Governor_Update 2 – Update on Bars and Restaurants

3/15/2020 – Special Alert_Coronavirus_Governor_Update – Bars and Restaurants

3/15/2020 – Special Alert_Coronavirus_NGA_Update – Coronavirus Emergency Legislation

3/15/2020 – Special Alert_Department of Alcohol Update – Wholesale Return Requests

3/13/2020 – ODH Update/Recommendations for Salad Bars & Buffets during – Food Service Operations –Salad Bars and Buffets

3/12/2020 – The Executive Order from the Ohio Department of Health – Limitations on Mass Gatherings

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Independent Grocery

 Courtesy of NGA

NGA is actively monitoring the growing spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) both internationally and domestically, and the impacts it will have on our industry. Supermarkets are on the front lines of emergency response both in preparation for an impending disaster and as one of the primary operations that must be up and running for a community to recover after a disaster strikes.The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided information to help with preparedness planning, and we want to ensure that our members are taking the necessary precautions to protect their employees, customers and communities. As additional information becomes available, NGA will keep our members updated on best practices and other precautionary actions that you can take to prepare for the Coronavirus. For more information, please  click here or contact NGA at

Ohio Department of Health Business Update on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

With Ohio reporting its first positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), it is important that we take steps to prevent its spread, and you can help support these efforts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low, and the virus is not currently widespread in the United States.

CDC has developed “Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” which is available on CDC’s website.

This guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.

Click here and here for flyers that you can share with your employees and/or post in your workplace consisting of a COVID-19 key FAQ and tips for preventing the spread of germs that can cause infectious diseases. Click here for the checklist of the top 10 things business owners can do to prepare for COVID-19. For up to date COVID-19 information and other resources, go to, which is maintained by the Ohio Department of Health. For information and updates related to COVID-19, visit the Ohio Department of Health website at or Courtesy of Deputy Director/Director of External Affairs Ohio Department of Health

Bureau of Workers’ Comp 2020 Dividend FAQ

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Board of Directors approved to send up to $1.6 billion to Ohio employers this spring to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Ohio’s economy and the business community. While you may be accustomed to receiving dividend checks from BWC, this year’s dividend was not a foregone conclusion. Gov. DeWine has asked his agencies to do everything they can to ease the strain of COVID-19 on Ohioans. Even after the dividend, the net position of the State Insurance Fund for injured workers remains strong due to investment returns, declining injuries, and decreasing reserves. Click here to read the FAQ sheet.


Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers

Tips for Keeping Your Event Hygenic

Setting Up Remote Teams During Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Store Response Kit – Link will immediately download

Car Decal (Essential Employee)

Social Distancing Sign

ODJFS Employee Rights Sign/Posting

ODH Checklist – COVID-19 Information and Checklist for Businesses/Employer

Ohio Voter Information – Absentee Voting – Ohio Secretary of State

Floor Decal – Maintaining Social Distancing

Maximum Capacity Store Posting

Cloth Masks Posting

Ohio Grocer Association
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