COLUMBUS — For the past month of April, businesses large and small closed their doors to limit the contagious spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). However, April’s depression brings May’s succession as several businesses and service facilities prepare for reopening.

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted recently issued updates of when certain businesses would be able to reopen during this month.

Husted announced that sectors that are licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio including massage therapy, acupuncture along with cosmetic therapy were permitted to re-open on May 15 while staying within the state’s safety measures.

The State Medical Board of Ohio is a 12-member group of nine physicians, seven of which are MD, one DO and one DPM, as well as three physician public members, according to its website. Members of the board are appointed by the governor, serving five-year terms.

Additionally, the Board takes its time addressing a variety of issues through permanent committees that meet regularly. Those committees formulate recommendations which are then given to the full Board to decide necessary action.

The State Medical Board of Ohio current members include President Michael Schottenstein, MD, Vice President Richard Edgin, MD, Secretary Kim G. Rothermel, MD, Supervising Member Bruce R. Saferin, DPM, Mark A. Bechtel, MD, Jonathan B. Feibel, MD, Robert P. Giacalone, Michael L. Gonidakis, Sherry Johnson, DO.

In order to make sure the process is done efficiently and seamlessly, the State Medical Board worked with members of Gov. DeWine’s Personal Services Advisory Group; a gathering of over 30 members serving in the industry.

The Governor’s group, along with the State Medical Board and the Ohio Department of Health, have generated a detailed list of guidelines and the best practices to service providers in the industry.

The guidelines for massage therapy, acupuncture and cosmetic therapy can be viewed on In the guidelines for businesses, regulations include areas such as employees, customers and patrons, physical space requirements and what to do if an individual contracts COVID-19.

Tattoo and body piercing services were also permitted to reopen on May 15, as long as entities follow the state’s standards. The same process is being done in this industry as DeWine’s Personal Services Advisory Group created another detailed list of guidelines along with best practices.

Tattoo and body piercing services are expected to follow the same guidelines set forth by the group for hair salons, day spas, nail Salons, barbershops and tanning facilities.

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