- Ohio gamebird businesses are essential businesses that provide livestock (gamebirds) as food in a safe manner that easily allows the practicing of social distance requirements.
The Ohio Order provides a list of Essential Businesses and Operations that may stay open. Section 12, item (b) of the list of permitted businesses states: “Stores that sell groceries and medicine. Grocery stores, pharmacies, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of groceries, canned food, dry goods, frozen foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, prepared food, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products), and specifically includes their supply chain and administrative support operations. This includes stores that sell groceries, medicine, including medication not requiring a medical prescription, and also that sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and Essential Business Operations
Section 12 item c. further states, “Food, beverage, and licensed marijuana production and agriculture. Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, and cultivation, including farming, livestock, fishing, baking, and other production agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; licensed medical marijuana use, medical marijuana dispensaries and licensed medical marijuana cultivation centers; and businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, kennels, and adoption facilities;”
- Hunting is an outdoor activity that clearly conforms within the parameters of a permissible essential activities. Upland gamebird preserves provide walking exercise and fresh air for both participants and their hunting dogs and can easily do so within the social distance requirements of the order.
The Ohio Order states that individuals may leave their home for essential activities provided they practice the social distance requirements as spelled out in the order. The third listed essential activity Section 5, item (c) states: “For outdoor activity. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or biking. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas. However, public access playgrounds may increase spread of COVID-19, and therefore shall be closed.”
Upland gamebird hunting preserves are easily adaptable to operate in compliance to social distance requirements as hunters are widely spread out across a field. Hunting preserves will close club houses and conduct all financial transactions electronically, over the phone or through the mail.
- The Ohio Order’s list of essential activities includes the ability of an individual to obtain necessary supplies including food.
Section 5. Item (b) states: “To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members or persons who are unable or should not leave their home, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies they need to work from home, automobile supplies (including dealers, parts, supplies, repair and maintenance), and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.”
- The Ohio Order permits essential travel for food, which includes pheasants which are poultry.
Section 14 of the order states: “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.”
Whether or not to remain open is a decision that will have to made by each individual business. In the event that a business elects to remain in operation, it could be helpful to be able, if confronted, to provide law enforcement or the state or local authorities with justifications for the decision. This document provides a summary of the exceptions in the Ohio Order that explain the decision to remain in operation during this time.
Disclaimer: This information is not legal advice and does not guarantee eligibility or approval of any government program. NAGA strongly advises interested gamebird businesses to consult with their own financial or legal advisers on their own specific applications.