Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all fitness centers and gyms, bowling alleys, public recreation centers, movie theaters, indoor waterparks, indoor trampoline parks to close effective at the end of the business day Monday amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.
Today we will be issuing an order to close gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, bowling alleys, indoor water parks, movie theaters, and trampoline parks across the state until further notice. This will take effect at the close of business. #COVID19 #COVID19OhioReady
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 16, 2020
“We continue to evolve, every day we continue to have more facts. We process more information,” DeWine said during a press conference Monday. “CDC guidelines have changed in regard to mass congregations. As you saw, they were changed to 50 from where they had been at 100. We will conform our order, and so we will modify our order from 100 to 50.”
The news came as the Ohio Department of Health announced Monday that there are now 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, in 12 counties, with 14 hospitalizations.
This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.