COLUMBUS, Ohio – More mandatory Ohio restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, including state “stay at home” orders and two-week self-quarantine period for incoming travelers in the state, will be abbreviated, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday.
However, certain key rules of social distancing, including the ban on most mass gatherings and restrictions on bars and restaurants, will remain mandatory.
The existing Safe At Home order will be replaced by an Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans order, the governor said during his daily coronavirus briefing.
“We are now placing orders with strong recommendations,” said DeWine. “This is a new phase in our fight against the virus.”
The language of the new advisory order was not immediately available because the document had not yet been signed, according to Ohio Department of Health spokesperson Melanie Amato.
However, Tierney said in an email that “mandatory business protocols, big collection restrictions and social distance (are) still mandatory. Staying at home and limiting travel will be strongly encouraged. “
A ban on most gatherings of 10 or more people has been in place in one form or another since March. The state has also enacted a number of mandatory rules to be followed for the reopening of various sectors of the economy, including the requirements that customers of bars and restaurants must remain seated when eating and drinking and remain at minus six feet from the others.
When the Safe At Home order was made on May 1, the governor said it was “not a” stay at home “order.”
But Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said on Tuesday that the order “technically says you have to stay home, apart from a list of exceptions.”
Husté continued: “Now he will basically say that it is recommended, but not mandatory. “
Most of the DeWine administration restrictions on coronaviruses, including “keep-at-home” and “non-essential” business closure orders imposed in March, have already been relaxed or lifted in recent weeks, under a “Safe At Home” order effective May 1. Under the order, the state has decided to gradually reopen businesses and other areas of public life.
The announcement is not a complete surprise. When the Safe At Home order was imposed, the governor warned that people should not be “too obsessed” by the announced May 29 end date. “The order itself will be replaced throughout the month,” he said at the time.
The DeWine announcement comes after reports of overcrowded patios in Cleveland and elsewhere in the state last weekend, after the governor authorized catering / alfresco dining last Friday. DeWine said on Monday that he was adding “a large contingent” of law enforcement and health officials to the state unit responsible for investigating labor relations violations.
The governor acknowledged the problems on Tuesday, although he said that “overall” restaurants, bars, and state customers “are doing a good job.”
The governor has come under increasing criticism from many of his fellow Republican members of the state’s legislature for his administration’s “stay at home” and business closure orders.
House Speaker Larry Householder said late last month that House Republicans felt “disrespectful” because the governor “largely ignored” their views on how to reverse the closings. businesses.
More specifically, the Ohio home has passed a law that would limit the power of the director of the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Amy Acton, to issue long-term prescriptions. Similar legislation was introduced in the Senate, although DeWine has vowed to veto any such bill that reaches his office.
Acton, who signed state coronavirus orders (because she has the authority to do so under state law), was conspicuously absent from Tuesday’s briefing. DeWine said she was not feeling well.
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