Ohio governor to revise COVID-19 health orders for festivals, proms and school graduations

Ohio governor to revise COVID-19 health orders for festivals, proms and school graduations
Mass vaccination site in Dayton (Source: Gov. DeWine Twitter)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he is simplifying COVID-19 health orders that pertain to certain events like school graduations and prom events.

“We can do about anything,” Gov. DeWine said. “It’s about how we do it.”

The governor made the announcement during a Monday afternoon press conference:

Gov. DeWine gives COVID-19 health guidance for upcoming proms, school graduations in Ohio

Gov. DeWine gives COVID-19 health guidance for upcoming proms, school graduations in Ohio https://bit.ly/3fIenYg

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Monday, April 5, 2021

While the specific details of the consolidated orders were not yet publicly released, Gov. DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud said the changes will not be surprising.

Elements of the orders will still encourage:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Attendance in small groups of 10 individuals or smaller
  • Social distancing from other parties
  • Proper sanitization techniques
  • Holding outdoor events when possible
  • Utilize one-way entrances and exits if possible

Additionally, one limit that will not by changing is the capacity allowed at indoor facilities with fixed seatings, like arenas, which will remain at 25%.

“At outdoor events, there is no limit,” McCloud said.

The order on prom and graduation guidance will be made publicly available later in the day on Monday.

A secondary order impacting establishments like restaurants and bars is expected to be issued on Tuesday, according to McCloud.

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