(11-11-20) Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is threatening to close businesses who violate his new mask order. The Governor is establishing a Retail Compliance Unit to inspect and issues warnings and closings.

He issued the order during a 5;30 pm address to the State this afternoon.

The Governor is threatening mass closures in the state –

If the current trend continues and cases keep increasing, we will be forced to close restaurants, bars, and fitness centers. We will look at this one week from tomorrow.

Other notes on today’s briefing…

Meetings –

It is essential that we also remember the existing orders that are already in place to slow the spread of the virus. In April, we issued an order to limit gatherings of more than 10 people. That limit is still in effect and applies to public events and private gatherings.

Despite this order, we have seen rampant spread of the virus as a result of banquets, wedding receptions, and social gatherings following funerals. We have seen great tragedy associated with such events. It’s not the ceremonies causing the problem. It’s the party afterward.

To address this, we will be issuing a new order soon to place significant new restrictions on these social activities.

Specifically, open congregate areas can no longer be open. The order will require everyone to be seated and masked unless they are actively consuming food or drinks and it will prohibit things such as dancing and games.