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Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

Bill Would Allow More Businesses To Stay Open During A Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Over a year ago, the government forced thousands of Ohio businesses to close their doors in response to the pandemic. But others were allowed to stay open because they were deemed essential. Many business owners felt the process of choosing which businesses were essential was unfair and left small businesses in… Read More

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Stimson Avenue Road Work Causes Significant Disruptions For Some Businesses

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Half of Stimson Avenue in Athens has been closed for months due to construction, and some businesses along the street are struggling. Business owners say reduced traffic flow and disruptions from the construction work have created huge costs and drastically reduced revenue. Kevin and Carrie Tidd, owners of The Farmacy, a natural… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

New Bill Would Take Away Consequences For Businesses That Violate COVID Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers will look over yet another measure to pull back on Gov. Mike DeWine’s power to issue health orders. A new bill proposed by one of his fellow Republicans would take away penalties slapped on business owners cited for violating coronavirus orders. Republican Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova) said the Ohio Legislature has passed… Read More

Study Says Ohio Needs To Reinstate Corporate Income Tax

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is one of only six states in the country that doesn’t have an income tax on corporate profits. A liberal leaning think tank that studies public policy says that needs to change. Zach Schiller, Policy Matters Ohio research director, says while the pandemic has hurt many small businesses, big… Read More

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Gas Station And Convenience Store Buffet Foods Are Back

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — If you’ve been missing picking that perfect donut out of the glass case to go with your morning coffee, your wait should soon be over. The state has given the green light to retailers to once again sell buffet style and to-go self-serve items that went away months ago to… Read More

A sign at Easton Town Center in Columbus, advertising that stores, bars and restaurants are open following coronavirus closures.

Ohio Businesses Say Economy Isn’t Good But They’re Optimistic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s businesses say they’re optimistic about the future of the economy, but the coronavirus pandemic continues to have them worried. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s Research Foundation second quarter survey of over 400 business leaders shows three quarters plan to add jobs, but the same number said the economic climate is… Read More

A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

WATCH: What’s the Key to U.S. Economic Recovery? Testing, says this Nobel Prize Winner

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — As millions more Americans file for unemployment amid an economy crippled by COVID-19, many states are lifting restrictions and reopening businesses. But is that the correct approach to reviving the U.S. economy? NewsHour’s Paul Solman talks to Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer about weighing costs and benefits and why “there are no… Read More

Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

Restaurants to Resume Outdoor Patio Dining in Reopening Move

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio restaurants have the option beginning Friday to offer outdoor dining, the next step toward resuming normal business operations under Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s state reopening plan. DeWine has said that 90% of the state’s economy will be back online this weekend with Ohioans having returned to offices, factories, construction jobs… Read More

Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

Some Question Whether Ohio is Reopening too Quickly

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Non-essential businesses that were closed during the past month due to COVID-19 are now starting to reopen. But some worry that’s happening too quickly without proper safeguards. A group of doctors joined Ohio Democratic Party leader David Pepper to say they are concerned about reopening businesses without enough testing and safety… Read More

Real Big Puppy in Delaware, Ohio

Ohio’s Businesses are Getting Ready to Reopen

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s retail businesses that were shut down as non-essential are being allowed to open Tuesday. And by the end of next week, many restaurants, bars and hair salons will also reopen. If you meander downtown Delaware, you’ll see the Real Big Puppy pet boutique where you can buy leashes and personalized collars… Read More

Customers waiting for the carry-out orders at Bagel Street Deli

Ohio Bars, Restaurants and Salons to Start Reopening May 15

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WVXU) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday unveiled dates and guidelines for reopening bars and restaurants, as well as barber shops, hair salons and other personal care businesses that have been closed for more than 50 days due to stay-at-home orders over the coronavirus pandemic. Barber shops, salons, spas and the like can… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Forms Working Groups for Next Reopening Phase

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is taking the first step in slowly reopening businesses, beginning with health care procedures and work at dentists’ and veterinarians’ offices. Gov. Mike DeWine says companies following strict safety measures is not only in the best interest of public health but for the future of their business. The state’s coronavirus response moves… Read More

Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

Retail Businesses Can Start Offering Curbside Pickup on Saturday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The order from Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton allows retail establishments to offer “curbside pickup, delivery or appointment-only” service beginning May 2. Customers must be limited to 10 at a time. Gordon Gough with the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants described what that might look like. “Order online,… Read More

Protestors marched at the Statehouse on April 20, many carrying signs saying businesses should be able to reopen.

As Some Business Openings Start, DeWine Warns Others Not to Go Early

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine has extended the stay-at-home order expiring May 1 to 11:59pm on May 29. But hospitals can start performing some non-emergency procedures Friday, and dentists and veterinarians can get back to work as well. But some businesses say they plan to open their doors as well. Gov. Mike DeWine… Read More

Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

WATCH: What Businesses and Consumers Think About States Moves to Reopen

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Weeks into the social distancing driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, some states are beginning to lift restrictions — while others are extending them. How do business owners and customers feel about the decision to reopen? NewsHour’s John Yang talks to Bill Nigut of Georgia Public Broadcasting and Anna Rau of Montana PBS about what they… Read More

Car washes in Ohio are allowed to stay open if they operate under certain rules.

Business Dispute Panel Issues First Rulings on “Essential” Businesses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The panel set up to settle disputes over what are essential businesses that can operate during the state’s stay at home order has delivered its first set of rulings. Four cases before the Dispute Resolution Commission involved pet groomers. The panel ruled that county health departments were correct in determining groomers… Read More

People work in the open metal shop

Open Metal Shop Hours


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Open shop class is a time for members who have gone through the metal shop orientation to come and work on their own projects with a metal shop instructor present. It is perfect for those who are not very familiar with the tools or have only used them during orientation. New members are strongly encouraged… Read More

Women learn how to weld

Ladies’ Intro to Welding


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This ladies-only class has the laid back feel of a girls’ night out. Participants are encouraged to learn from each other as well as the instructor. Participants will learn different MIG weld techniques and basic troubleshooting of common welding problems. Participants should wear close-toed shoes, denim pants, and long sleeves. Hair should be pulled back…. Read More

People work in the open metal shop

Open Metal Shop Hours


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Open shop class is a time for members who have gone through the metal shop orientation to come and work on their own projects with a metal shop instructor present. It is perfect for those who are not very familiar with the tools or have only used them during orientation. New members are strongly encouraged… Read More

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Intro to MIG Welding


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This class is for anyone [18 and older] who wants to learn how to weld! In this class participants will learn different MIG weld techniques and basic troubleshooting of common welding problems. Participants are encouraged to learn from each other as well as the instructor. Participants should wear close-toed shoes, denim pants, and long sleeves…. Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Tells Companies to Monitor Employee Temperatures

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Gov. Mike DeWine is laying out protocols for businesses while strongly recommending employers to take aggressive action when it comes to protecting the workplace against coronavirus. DeWine says businesses that remain open must take the temperature of every employee who enters the office, and if anyone is sick or has a fever they must be allowed to go… Read More

People work in the open metal shop

Open Metal Shop Hours


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Open shop class is a time for members who have gone through the metal shop orientation to come and work on their own projects with a metal shop instructor present. It is perfect for those who are not very familiar with the tools or have only used them during orientation. New members are strongly encouraged… Read More