Here is What the Ohio Highway Patrol has to Say About “Essential Travel” in Ohio

If you’re wondering how the Stay at Home order from the Ohio Department of Health will be enforced on Ohio highways, you’re not alone.

Ohio Statehouse News reached out to the Ohio State Highway Patrol for answers.

“The current directive issued still allows motorists essential travel from within and through Ohio in order to reach your residence,” according to Sergeant Nathan E. Dennis, Ohio State Highway Patrol Office of the Superintendent Public Affairs Unit.

Dennis did not respond to questions of whether the order would be enforced on Ohio highways or how that would be accomplished.

Dennis stated that individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the State remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.

Below are the guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health’s order regarding essential travel:

For the purposes of this Order, Essential Travel includes travel for any of the following purposes. Individuals engaged in any Essential Travel must comply with all Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section.

Any travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses and Operations, or Minimum Basic Operations.

Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.

Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.

Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.

Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement.

Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the State.