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Protesters gather at the Ohio Statehouse to protest the order to
Protesters gather at the Ohio Statehouse to protest the order to “stay home” on April 20 in Columbus, Ohio. Matthew Hatcher / Getty Images

Speaking of the plans to reopen for the state today, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said, “Ultimately, the decision is my decision, and I take full responsibility for it. “

DeWine announced earlier today that Ohio would reopen some health services on May 1, saying that any health procedures or operations that don’t require staying overnight in a hospital can go ahead.

Manufacturing, distribution and construction companies, as well as general offices will be allowed to open on May 4.

In a third step, consumer, retail and other services will be allowed to reopen on May 12, said DeWine.

“With a decision like this, there is no easy decision – we have to balance. We will be criticized by those who think we should not open up. We will be criticized by those who think that we have not opened up enough, “he added.

Asked about the other Republicans who called on him to open everything immediately, DeWine said, “These are balances, and to open the doors on May 1 and say, get rid of the order to stay at home or to get rid of remoteness, and get rid of everything, would be totally irresponsible. “

“I have a duty as governor of the state to do two things right now – get people back to work and keep them safe,” said DeWine.

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