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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

Someone operates a welding machine

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

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

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

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

A wooden bench

How to build a comfortable 2×4 bench


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Are you looking for a way to get into woodworking? Need a comfy bench but would rather make than buy? Come on out to this basic woodshop class at Athens Makerspace. In this class you will learn how to make repeated cuts to the specified dimensions and safe operation of woodshop power tools. You will… Read More

Heart Jewelry

Warm* Hearts: Intro to Fused Glass


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Come out to this special Valentine’s Day class and learn about fusing glass while making hearts for or with the one you love! In this class you will learn how to cut and shape glass, two techniques for creating pieces suitable for fusing, make several kinds of hearts in fused glass, and learn to operate… Read More

A Biochar Kiln

Weld a Biochar Kiln


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Want to learn about making your own kiln for biochar? We will start the class by talking a little bit about what biochar is and how the kiln works. We will spend the rest of the class practicing the skills you will need to make one: cutting metal and welding. You will not each leave… Read More

An intermediate sewing apron

Intermediate Sewing Part I – Apron


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The first in a 2-part series for participants who have taken Beginning Sewing or have other basic sewing skills to take on the next step and develop their sewing finesse – while making a beautiful work apron! In this friendly 3-hour class, students will learn skills to create pockets and use bias tape as a… Read More