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ASHLAND -- The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a great strain on the nation’s healthcare system, but it’s not come without its economic difficulties as well. State leaders are working to ensure resources are readily available to Ohio businesses and workers to ensure we all weather this difficult time, remembering we are all in this together.

Liquor buyback

The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This is intended to aid those establishments that have stocked up on high proof liquor, but now are facing closure to in-house patrons. Bars and restaurants can return unopened, high proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product.

This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. Questions about this program should be directed to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center at 1-877-812-0013 or OhioLiquorInfo@Com.Ohio.gov.

Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Contact Ohio DSA to learn what small businesses can do right now: 1-800-848-1300. You can also send an email to BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.gov to learn more and obtain the state application. Additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at www.SBA.gov/Disaster.

Publicly funded daycares

An executive order issued last week increased the number of children allowed to be supervised by child care staff, depending on the type of program and ages of the children.

The order also increased from 10 to 20 the number of paid absent days for providers serving children in the Publicly Funded Child Care program, and it provides child care programs with 21 paid pandemic days if they must close their programs because of the pandemic. Read the Executive Order here.

The Ohio Department of Transportation

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is modifying the process for haulers carrying heavy loads of essential goods. Generally, Ohio requires haulers with loads classified as "oversized" to seek advanced permission from ODOT before they are legally allowed to travel in the state. Haulers carrying these essential goods can download and print the permit at transportation.ohio.gov.

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) system is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 249,000 public and private employers. To help businesses facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio BWC is announcing insurance premium installment payments. For more information, visit bwc.ohio.gov.

Grace Period for Health Insurance Premiums

All health insurers are required to provide the option of deferring premium payments, interest-free, for up to 60 calendar days from each original premium due date. This means that employers can defer their premium payments up to two months, giving them some relief on costs, while keeping their employees insured. Read more here.

AshlandDining.com

The recent shutdown has affected restaurants and bars across Ohio. But just because you can’t dine-in at your favorite local restaurants, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their food! Use this resource to find carry-out and delivery options available and hours for each. It will be updated daily as options change. This guide is brought to you as a special partnership between Explore Ashland Ohio and Spire Advertising.

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