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DeWine announces Ohio’s COVID-19 health orders will end June 2

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that he has asked the Ohio Department of Health to remove most pandemic health orders on June 2nd.

The timeline will allow any Ohioan who has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine to obtain one to protect themselves and others before the lifting of coronavirus mitigation protocols.

“It is time to end the health orders. It’s been a year. You’ve followed the protocols. You’ve done what we’ve asked. You’ve bravely fought this virus,” said Governor DeWine. “And now, our cases are down, and we have a tested and proven weapon with the vaccine that all Ohioans 12 and over can utilize.”

Measures being removed will include facial covering protocols, social distancing guidelines, and capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor events.

DeWine said that any pandemic health orders that would remain solely relate to either nursing homes and assisted living facilities, which will also have to follow federal safety protocols, and data collection related to the pandemic.

The governor encouraged unvaccinated Ohioans who are able to be vaccinated to do so.

“Those who are not vaccinated remain prey to the virus. We hope for a good summer, but we also have to be able to get through the dark days of winter safely. To do that, we need a much higher percentage of Ohioans to be vaccinated,” DeWine said.

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