Ohio Governor To Open Up The Economy Amid COVID-19 Fears. There Are 16,769 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19
Ohio Governor DeWine announced the state of Ohio will not require that customers entering retail establishments wear face coverings. Wearing face coverings in public is still, however, strongly recommended.
There are 16,769 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 799 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 3,340 people have been hospitalized, including 1,004 admissions to intensive care units. The Governor’s decision to relax the COVID-19 restriction to the extent has does not correlate with the high rate of infection in his state.
“As Governor, it is my responsibility to make the tough decisions, but it is also my responsibility to listen and be respectful of the thoughts and ideas of our fellow Ohioans,” said Governor DeWine. “Though it is not a mandate, wearing a face-covering in retail locations is clearly in the best interest of all Ohioans. This gives added protection to others. When you wear a mask, you are protecting those around you from possibly getting sick.”
Governor DeWine also noted that individual business owners could still choose to develop a business policy requiring face coverings for customers to enter their facilities.
Face coverings would still be mandated for employees unless wearing a face covering is not advisable by a healthcare professional, goes against industry best practices, or is not permitted by federal or state laws and regulations.
The Governor also announced the formation of two separate advisory groups to develop best practices for reopening dine-in restaurants, barbershops, and salons.
The goal of this group is to develop recommendations for these businesses that balance the need to protect the health of employees and customers as they reopen to the public.
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