Members have asked if the Ohio State Park trails are still open for riding.  Are the campgrounds open?   What is OHC’s recommendation?  My recommendation to members is to follow Governor Mike DeWine’s requests.  Our Ohio Governor and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have issued a combination of mandatory requirements and voluntary recommendations.  Please comply with those requirements and recommendations.   The only reason we’ve been asked to change our behavior is to save lives.

I won’t quote those requirements and recommendations here because the response to the CoronaVirus changes daily.  Please consult the Ohio Department of Public Health and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for current information.

Should we hold chapter or committee meetings?  Please check the current guidance to answer that question.  Today, March 22, 2020, meetings of any number of people both indoors and outdoors is banned in Ohio, except for family members and those that live in your household.     My advice is to comply with the Department of health orders and voluntary recommendations.  Please read the Ohio Stay At Home Order linked below.

Eric Estill, President

Ohio Horseman’s Council

Please check these links for current guidance:

Ohio Public Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ohioans

http://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/resources/do-your-part-to-fight-covid-19-infographic

ODNR Operations During Cornavirus Outbreak

http://ohiodnr.gov/odnr-operations-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Ohio Department of Health Stay at Home Order

Ohio Stay At Home Order 3-22-2020