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Mike DeWine lifts last of Ohio’s ‘stay safe’ order, makes more COVID-19 restrictions voluntary

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The state of Ohio is transitioning from orders to strong recommendations amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday.

“We are now moving from orders to strong recommendations,” DeWine said during his daily briefing. “This is a new phase in our battle against the virus.”

However, some key social-distancing rules, including a ban on most mass gathering and restrictions on bars and restaurants, will remain mandatory.


The state’s stay-at-home order, or Stay Safe Order, is no more, the governor said. Instead, the governor issued an urgent health advisory, which he called Ohioans Protecting Ohioans.

The state had lifted its stay-at-home order and transitioned to the “Safe at Home” order on May 1, which also allowed nonessential businesses to begin to reopen. The self-quarantine rule was issued in early April, while the other main remaining restriction, a ban on gatherings of 10 people or more, was imposed in March.

“What we do individually will be what saves Ohioans collectively. Taking the protective actions that we are recommending today will not only help you, but they will help you protect your loved ones, your neighbors, and people you don’t know,” DeWine said.

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