Ohio To End COVID-19 Health Orders June 2
The state of Ohio will end its COVID-19 health orders on June 2, Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statewide address Wednesday.
The orders will end everywhere except for those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, he said.
“It’s time to end the health orders,” he said. “It’s been a year. You’ve followed the protocols. You’ve done what we’ve asked. You’ve bravely fought this virus. And now, our cases are down, and we have a tested and proven weapon in the vaccine that all Ohioans 12 and over can utilize.”
DeWine implemented the current mask mandate in July as case numbers rose. That followed a mandatory mask order in April 2020 that he rescinded just a day later under intense criticism that the directive was “one government mandate too far.”
DeWine’s announcement comes days after Gov. Jim Justice of neighboring West Virginia announced his state will end its mask mandates on June 20, West Virginia Day.
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