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The Dayton Municipal Court will start hearing eviction cases again beginning June 1. Other courts in the Miami Valley have already started hearing cases.

About 50 people stood in line at the BMV at Dayton's Pinewood Plaza at 12pm on Tuesday.
Leila Goldstein / WYSO

Ohio’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles reopened today after being closed since mid-March. The department has extended the deadline for renewing licenses and IDs if they expired after March 8th. Still, some area offices had long lines today. 

At 12 p.m. there were about 50 people in line outside the BMV office at Dayton’s Pinewood Plaza.

Residents waited to renew their IDs so they could cash their stimulus check, apply for low income housing, or go out for drinks tonight. 

DMS Youth Coordinator Mehreen Raja stands in front of the doughnut and tea stand at the Dayton Mercy Society's drive-through Eid celebration.
Leila Goldstein / WYSO

This weekend, Muslims across the globe celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan. Because of the coronavirus, communities in the Miami Valley were not able to gather, hug, or eat together as usual. But the youth group at the Dayton Mercy Society (DMS) in Miamisburg dreamed up a drive-through Eid celebration.

The entrance of the Dayton Mercy Society building in Miamisburg. On Sunday the mosque will host a drive-through Eid celebration.
Dayton Mercy Society

This Sunday Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan. Muslim communities in the Miami Valley have had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic, with sermons conducted over Zoom and families praying at home instead of at mosques. 

In some ways, the pandemic has made Ramadan a bit easier for Chanda Haq’s family in Dayton. Her kids did not have to be in school all day or miss out on track practice because they were fasting. But she felt like something was missing this year.

CDC

About two weeks after she tested positive for COVID-19, Jessica Young of Huber Heights got a call from Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County with a specific request. The stranger on the other end of the phone asked her to write down every person she had interacted with for the last two months.

“Anybody I had shaken hands with, sneezed around, sat next to more than 10 to 15 minutes,” she said. “Anybody I had deep conversations with that would keep me close to them for a long period of time.”  

School buses line up at Centerville department of education transportation headquarters.
Jess Mador / WYSO

In early May, Governor Mike DeWine announced $300 million in cuts to K-12 schools. While about $500 million in federal dollars have been allocated to Ohio’s schools through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, those funds will not necessarily counteract the budget cuts for local school districts. 

The Barrel House in Dayton will stick with curbside pickup even though bars and restaurants are allowed to open for outdoor dining on Friday.
The Barrel House

On Friday restaurants and bars in the state are allowed to open for outdoor dining under Governor Mike DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio Plan. But with added safety requirements to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, some owners in the Miami Valley are choosing not to reopen. 

Many Dayton restaurants that previously did not offer food delivery are ramping up delivery service during the Coronavirus shutdown ordered by Gov. Mike DeWine.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Businesses across the state will begin reopening this week under the Responsible RestartOhio Plan. Retail stores can open on Tuesday, outdoor dining and personal care businesses on Friday, and dine-in bar and restaurant services can start again on May 21.

Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County’s Director of Environmental Health Jennifer Wentzel spoke with WYSO’s Leila Goldstein about what these changes mean for the county.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, sit on the flightline of Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, before morning training sorties Jan. 30, 2019. The 180FW deployed more than 130 Airmen and 10 F-16s.
Ohio National Guard/Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker

The Ohio Air National Guard will take to the skies this week to pay tribute to the healthcare workers, first responders, military members and other essential personnel at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 180th Fighter Wing will conduct a series of flyovers across the state throughout the day Thursday.

The guard says they want to lift the spirits of the heroes fighting COVID-19 every day and all Ohioans affected by the crisis.

Preble County Commissioners Chris Day, Denise Robertson, and Rodney Creech
Preble County Commissioners

Ohio’s state health order mandates all non-essential retail businesses stay closed until May 12, with the exception of pickup, delivery and appointment-only transactions. But in rural Preble County, County Commissioners say all retail businesses should be able to open now. 

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