Coronavirus Update 8p- DeWine sets new closings, Mayor calls emergency

Tonight's update will hit all the bullet points from Federal, State, and local responses to the coronavirus outbreak.

Toledo- Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz today declared a state of emergency in the City of Toledo. What that means for citizens is that the mayor can impose a curfew, order a quarantine, grant or waive permits, and make emergency purchases. The purchase part is of particular importance as it would allow the city to purchase technology equipment so that city employees could work from home. Housing court has postponed any eviction hearings until May 1. Many city services are being delivered by phone or online at this time.

Ohio- Governor DeWine today ordered the closings of all barber shops, hair and nail salons, and tattoo parlors. He also ordered the immediate closing of 180 BMV registrar offices and asked employers to take the temperature of employees as they show up for work, if they have a temperature DeWine asked that they be sent home.

Nationally - President Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act but hasn't used it yet. It gives him authority to increase production of masks, ventilators and respirators, as well as expand hospital capacity to combat the coronavirus. Trump also announced that the Housing Department is suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April. Earlier in the day he announced that the U.S. and Canada had agreed to temporarily close their shared border to non-essential traffic.

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