Ohio Stops Short of Shutdown But Issues New Order Tightening COVID-Related Restrictions

In response to the rising tide of COVID-19 infections, the State of Ohio has issued two new orders that confirm previous restrictions on mass gatherings and provide for enforcement of previous mask-wearing regulations. While opting against a full-blown shutdown at this point, Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health are hoping these steps slow down the spread of the airborne virus.
The mass-gathering order, effective November 17, 2020, prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people outside the home, but permit wedding ceremonies and funeral observances as long as they comply with restrictions designed to reduce close contact between attendees. Bars, restaurants and similar businesses remain open, subject to compliance with previous orders that have been in place for several months. A copy of the order can be found here.
The mask-wearing order, effective November 16, 2020, restates previous mask guidelines for retail establishments. But it provides for stepped-up signage requirements and enforcement of the previous mask order, with an indication that the state is going to be more vigilant in policing violations. A copy of the order can be found here.

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