SHELBY -- Ohio's "Stay at Home" order is prompting telephone calls to Shelby police, which last week had received inquiries about the city of Shelby's separate state of emergency prompted by coronavirus concerns.
"To be clear: We have not received any direct information from the state of Ohio," Shelby Police Chief Lance Combs said in a Facebook post.
"We are getting the same information as the public, via social media and press releases issued by the governor and Dr. Acton," Combs said in reference to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and state Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.
"That said, we've tried to find information to pass on to the public as best we can," Combs said, referring to the Ohio Department of Health website.
"I apologize, but dispatch is unable to answer your questions outside of the information we found that is publicly available on the internet," Combs said.
Other law enforcement agencies around Ohio received similar calls from the public after the stay at home order that was issued Sunday and starts at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23.
"Essential business" are allowed to remain open during the stay at home order that runs until at least April 6.
Examples of essential businesses include grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, farming and agriculture business, food banks, religious groups, auto repair and supply shops, financial-related institutions such as banks and credit unions.
Also: hardware stores, heating/ventilation and air conditioning firms, electricians, plumbers and other building trades, laundromats, media, restaurant takeout services, hotels and motels and taxis.
Other examples: building and construction trades, insurance and legal services, hotels and motels and businesses that sell or make items such as medical equipment and computers and electronics.
For a full list of essential businesses, go to coronavirus.ohio.gov
A link also is available at shelbydailyglobe.com and on the Facebook page of the Shelby Daily Globe.
The stay at home order does not prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care or taking a pet for a walk, and residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state, the state health department website states.
One case of coronavirus is reported in Richland County as of Sunday among 351 total. Three deaths are reported in Ohio, none in Richland County.