Governor Mike DeWine this week urged Ohioans to double down on their efforts to take safety precautions as the COVID-19 pandemic increases its impact across Ohio.
“As COVID-19 continues to spread in Ohio, we need a stronger response to minimize the impact on Ohio’s health care and hospital capacity and ensure health care is available to those that need it,” Governor DeWine said. “With this order we are discouraging get-togethers and gatherings to minimize the spread of the virus while minimizing the economic impact of a complete shutdown.”
Governor DeWine announced three specific measures the state is taking to slow the spread of the virus, but he also urged Ohioans to exercise greater personal responsibility in fighting the pandemic.
As part of that, Governor DeWine encouraged Ohioans to do one thing each day that will decrease the spread of the virus through mask-wearing, social distancing, and limiting the number of daily contacts.
Here are the three orders issued by the Ohio Department of Health:
21-day curfew
The curfew will be from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and will be in effect for 21 days beginning Thursday, November 19. The curfew will not apply to those going to or from work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to a pharmacy. Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery will be permitted, but serving food and drink in person must cease at 10 p.m. For details about the curfew, click here.
Mask-wearing order
The health order enforces mask-wearing in retail locations across the state in compliance with the statewide mandatory mask order signed on July 23, 2020. For details about the mask order, click here.
Mass gatherings order
A revised health order to limit mass gatherings in Ohio was issued, and more details can be found here.
“Despite the health order that limited mass gatherings to 10 people that was signed in April remaining in effect, we have seen rampant spread of the virus as a result of banquets, wedding receptions, and social gatherings following funerals,” Governor DeWine said. “We have seen great tragedy associated with such events. It’s not the ceremonies causing the problem. It’s the party afterward.”
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