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Fact-check: No, you won’t be arrested for being out past 6 p.m. in Ohio

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Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz “fact-checked” posts circulating on social media claiming that Ohioans could risk jail time and a $1,000 fine if they’re out past a 6 p.m. statewide curfew.

“This is FAKE and not a real order from the Governor,” Montz said in a Facebook post Monday.

“There are posts circulating around social media stating that beginning today, there is a statewide curfew of 6pm,” Montz said. “The post goes on to say those caught out after the 6pm curfew will be arrested and jailed for 30 days with fine of $1,000.

“Please continue to allow social distancing and do your best to remain away from others,” Montz said.

Ohio’s extended stay-at-home order goes into effect at midnight and will remain in effect until at least May 1, Gov. DeWine said.

“We understand that this is tough – it is very difficult. But, I would not be making these decisions if it wasn’t a mater of life and death,” said Governor DeWine. “We have to keep this monster down. It’s not dead – it’s very much alive.”

Updates to the new order include:

  • The creation of a dispute resolution process for situations where two local health departments have come to a different conclusion on what is or is not an essential business.
  • The requirement that essential businesses determine and enforce a maximum number of customers allowed in a store at one time.  These businesses must ensure that people waiting to enter the stores maintain safe social distancing.
  • Direction that travelers arriving to Ohio should self-quarantine for 14 days. Exceptions include persons who live and work in trans-border areas, heath care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Ohio if they are displaying symptoms, excepting in certain circumstances for medical care.
  • The mandate that wedding receptions be limited to no more than 10 people.
  • A clarification to close campgrounds with the exception where a camper or recreational vehicle in a campground serves as a citizen’s permanent residence and they are unable to secure safe alternative housing.
  • The requirement that public swimming pools and swimming pools at private clubs or housing complexes close to prevent transmission of COVID-19.  This does not apply to private residential pools.
  • The clarification that retail garden centers can remain open but should determine and enforce a reduced capacity to keep customers and employees safe.
  • The closure of day camps for children.
  • The prohibition of organized youth and adult sports.
  • The clarification that fishing is permitted if proper social distancing is practiced.

You can read the full order by clicking here.


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