The Ohio House of Representatives is working diligently to provide our members, staff and constituents with the most up to date information regarding assistance and support during this unprecedented time. This page will be updated as further information is released.

***On May 20, 2020 Director Acton signed an order that rescinds and modifies portions of the Stay Safe Ohio order. For more information please visit***
https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/OHOOD/2020/05/20/file_attachments/1456369/Stay%20Safe%20Partial%20Rescission.pdf

***On May 1, 2020 Director Acton extended the stay at home order and detailed portions for the reopening of Ohio businesses. For more information please visit***
https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/Directors-Stay-Safe-Ohio-Order.pdf

***On April 27, 2020 Governor Mike DeWine announced his plan to open closed businesses. For more information please visit***
https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/

  • Families and individuals across Ohio have been impacted greatly by COVID-19, prompting an influx of questions around unemployment compensation regarding the impact on unemployment benefits and steps and tips on filing for unemployment.
  • To ensure that families who are struggling have access to food, there have been changes made to SNAP/TANF programs.
  • With schools and child care closed, many of our most vulnerable children don't have the same safety nets in place to observe and report suspected abuse and neglect. Read for more information on child and adult protective services
  • The Federal Unemployment Compensation Expansion (CARES Act) includes provisions that impact unemployment. Please note the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) is still awaiting guidance from the US Department of Labor on interpretation of several of these provisions, which will directly impact how they will ultimately build and operate these new programs in Ohio.
  • There is additional information available regarding federal direct payments to individuals.
  • For more information on family leave benefits and paid sick leave, please click here.
  • BMV deputy registrar locations across the state have closed. For information regarding BMV services that are available during the pandemic and questions about driver's licenses, please click here.
  • A number of provisions affecting K-12 education across Ohio were made under House Bill 197, including testing and accountability assessments, the Jon Peterson Special Needs/Autism Scholarships, the EdChoice Scholarship, student meals, and distance learning, among others.
  • With regards to higher education, the CARES Act has made some changes regarding student loan payments, grants and work study programs, as nearly all colleges in Ohio are completing the spring semester using only online learning methods.
  • Ohio's tax filing deadline is now the same as the federal filing deadline, July 15, and additional tax provisions were made under House Bill 197 that affect Work From Home-related issues.
  • For Ohio businesses and employers, there are a number of resources available during this time regarding economic support, including information on what denotes an essential business, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, and links to the BWC's Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • With regards to agriculture there are programs available focused on providing assistance for rural communities.
  • For homeowners who have questions about mortgage provisions included in the CARES Act, there are FAQs and resources for your reference.
  • Other resources are available, including updated information on COVID-19 in Ohio, Public Health orders issued by the Ohio Department of Health and CDC guidelines.