OHIO GOVERNOR’S STAY AT HOME EXECUTIVE ORDER AND MANUFACTURED HOMES INDUSTRY EXEMPTIONS
Ohio’s Governor Mike DeWine has issued A STAY AT HOME ORDER FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF OHIO EFFECTIVE 11:59 P.M. ON MONDAY, MARCH 23 THROUGH 11:59 P.M. MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020. THE ORDER IS ATTACHED.
The following guidance is our best understanding of the exemptions for the manufactured homes industry. THIS IS NOT LEGAL GUIDANCE. PLEASE UNDERSTAND WE ARE IN UNCHARTERED TERRITORY AND IF IN DOUBT YOU MAY WANT TO CONSULT YOUR ATTORNEY.
Our best interpretation regarding exemptions to the “STAY AT HOME ORDER” for manufactured housing falls under “ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE” PROVISION, ITEM 9 PAGE 4 OF THE ATTACHED and is as follows:
Construction but only EXISTING home construction related activities is exempt. This would include shipping homes already in the pipeline. All park operations, lending, insurance is exempt. Other manufactured homes business activity RELATED TO EXISTING SALES/CONTRACTS are also exempt. HOWEVER, NEW RETAIL SALES ACTIVITY AND ALLOWING THE PUBLIC IN TO YOUR RETAIL CENTERS IS PROHIBITED.
SALES EMPLOYEES CAN COME TO THE OFFICE, BUT THE PUBLIC CANNOT COME TO THE RETAIL LOCATIONS. IN THE OFFICE ALL MUST EXERCISE SOCIAL DISTANCING, SANITATION GUIDELINES, ETC.
I have highlighted in the attached Executive Order and the sections of the order most relevant to our industry’s exemptions and related business activity. Pay attention to the underlined items in the highlighted areas.:
-PAGE 4, ITEM 9 “ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE”
-PAGE 5-7, ITEM 12 “ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND OPERATIONS”- SECTIONS A, I, J, K, Q, T ,U, V
-PAGE 7, ITEM 13 “MINIMUM BASIC OPERATIONS”
-PAGE 8, ITEM 15 “SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS”. THIS RELATES TO GUIDELINES FOR OPERATING YOUR BUSINESS OVER THE TWO-WEEK PERIOD.
-PAGE 8-9, ITEM 18 “COVID-19 INFORMATION AND CHECKLISTS FOR BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS”. THIS RELATES TO POLICIES REGARDING EMPLOYEES, SICK LEAVE, ETC.
THE DURATION OF THE ORDER IS TWO WEEKS -MONDAY, MARCH 23 11:59 P.M. TO MONDAY APRIL 6 11:59 P.M.