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Health Director Dr. Amy Acton signs order extending Ohio’s mass-gathering ban until July 1

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday that two new orders have been signed by Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH.

The first order continues the ban on most mass gatherings of 10 or more people through July 1. There are several exceptions to the order, including free-speech demonstrations, funerals, weddings, and religious services.

Wedding receptions of up to 300 people, beginning June 1, are still allowed under the order.


In addition to the extension of the ban on mass gatherings, the order also reiterates previous orders regarding social distancing and face mask requirements for businesses.

The second order lifts a ban on alcohol sales to non-residents in Northeast Ohio counties, including Ashtabula, Belmont, Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties.

Sales of spirituous liquor in those counties were temporarily halted in April as the counties border Pennsylvania, a state which deemed liquor sales as non-essential amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Mike DeWine was concerned that Pennsylvania residents would come across the border in order to purchase alcohol.

You can read the full text of the orders below:


Director’s Updated and Revised Order for Mass Gatherings, Business Guidance, and Social Distancing

Director’s Order that Rescinds the Director’s Order that the Sale of Spirituous Liquor be Restricted in Certain Instances in Certain Counties

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