‘Ohioans Protecting Ohioans’: Gov. DeWine loosens restrictions, places more public health responsibilities on people of Ohio

‘Ohioans Protecting Ohioans’: Gov. DeWine loosens restrictions

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Gov. Mike DeWine said he is revising the statewide “Stay Safe Ohio” order to an “Urgent Health Advisory,” leaving the people of Ohio with more public safety responsibilities.

“We call upon your sense of personal responsibility and accountability to others," the Governor asked during Tuesday’s press conference from Columbus.

The Governor said the “Ohioans Protecting Ohioans” revision supersedes the “Stay Safe Ohio” and is necessary because of the evolving public health situation. It still incorporates practices like social distancing and limits on public gatherings.

Transitioning to strong recommendations in some aspects is possible because of several factors that were accomplished since mid-March.

  • Hospitals have been able to avoid capacity and preserve enough personal protective equipment
  • Businesses have enacted additional precautions to ensure the safety of employees and customers
  • Ratio dropped from one infection-to-one infection; a decrease since the start of the pandemic

The Governor recommends that “young, healthy Ohioans” take precautions in public, particularly due to the possibility of community spread by asymptomatic infections, while senior citizens and individuals with underlying health conditions should still follow the “Stay Safe Ohio” guidelines.

Additionally, the recommendations that were previously in place for individuals traveling to Ohio have been lifted, but unnecessary travel is still advised against. People traveling to or returning to Ohio are no longer being asked to self-isolate unless they show symptoms.

Listen to Gov. DeWine’s complete comments during Tuesday’s briefing:

Ohio Gov. DeWine shares latest updates to state's coronavirus pandemic https://bit.ly/3bPW4KZ

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Gov. DeWine said local health departments will still have the ability to issue more restrictive orders depending on how regions are affected by COVID-19.

The timeline set for dates allowing certain business sectors to reopen and the precautionary guidelines laid out to ensure safe operations are still in effect.

The “Stay Safe Ohio" order was initially set to expire on May 29, but Gov. DeWine previously said the ending of the directive was not concrete.

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