COVID-19 Resources Page

On this page the OCMA has done its best to aggregate resources including relevant orders from the State of Ohio, economic resources available to assist businesses, and other items that may be useful to employers looking to comply with safe workplace requirements.


Updated 4.29.2020

Responsible RestartOhio – On Monday (April 27), Governor DeWine released some details of his plan to re-open Ohio – Responsible RestartOhio.  A few key takeaways:

  • All manufacturing is now exempt from the stay at home order starting on May 4th.
  • Consumer, Retail & Construction businesses are allowed to open, following required safety measures, starting on May 12.
  • Businesses that remain on lock-down include restaurants, bars, salons, and barber shops.  The full list is here.
  • Manufacturers must follow certain safety operating requirements including:
    • Employees must perform daily symptom assessment (check for fever, coughing, etc.).
    • You must maintain a 6ft. distance between employees.  If that is not practicable, install barriers.
    • Face coverings are required for employees.  The covering does not have to be a mask, it just must cover the nose and mouth.

The full list of requirements can be found here and here.

Statewide Stay At Home Order – This order requires all non-essential businesses to keep employees at home.  Foundries are considered essential and may remain operational.

Stay At Home Order FAQ

Required Safe Workplace Measures – This page details the measures employers remaining open must practice to the extent practicable.  Please comply with these items as much as you can!  Should your local health department inspect your facility and find something on this list you could have done you may be fined or temporarily shut down.


Below are two programs that the Small Business Administration has in place to assist employers with less than 500 employees.  If you are unsure if you qualify based on size, the SBA has an online Size Standard Tool.

Paycheck Protection Program – This loan program provides a direct incentive to keep workers on payroll.  The SBA will forgive these loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for 8 weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.  Consult with your local lender to see if they are participating in this program.

This fund is expected to have extremely high subscription rates.  Applications are able to be taken as early as April 3 (this Friday).  To speed up your application, you can begin compiling the information you may need by downloading this sample form.

Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program – Since most business income insurance providers are denying coverage for the pandemic (way to go guys), you may use the SBA’s Disaster Loan program to help cover costs associated with economic injury related to COVID-19.  These low interest loans are intended to cover costs for businesses after a declared disaster.

CARES Act Webinar – Click here to join a webinar with OCMA Member Preferred Benefits Services agency.  The webinar will be held on Friday, April 3, at 10:00AM Eastern Standard Time.  The webinar will review the ins and outs of the CARES Act and how it can help your business.


American Foundry Society’s COVID-19 Resources Page – This webpage has aggregated a number of articles and presentations on how to operate during the pandemic, health and safety resources, environmental, employment, and other resources.

State of Ohio’s Economic Resources Page – This webpage has information including:

  • banking updates,
  • resources for individuals who have been laid off (including job postings for those who are hiring),
  • information on how to defer health insurance premiums,
  • updates on the Ohio Department of Transportation modified rules for overweight loads,
  • Ohio’s SharedWork Ohio program which supplements eligible employees’ income with a proportionate share of unemployment,
  • among others.

MAGNET Resource Page – The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network has put together this page with helpful links and resources about practical things to be thinking about and doing checking insurance policies, how to communicate with customers, FMLA issues, cybersecurity, and more.