DeWine: Fifth COVID-19 Case In Ohio, Public Gatherings Banned


(Columbus) - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is banning mass gatherings of more than 100 people in Ohio.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr.Amy Action signed the order that says large gatherings include auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, large conference rooms, meeting halls, cafeterias or any indoor confined spaces. This also includes parades, fairs and festivals.

A mass gathering does not include operations at the airport, bus stations, train stations, malls, medical facilities, shopping centers or places where more than 100 people could be in transit. It also does not apply to offices, school environments, restaurants, factories, retail or grocery stores. It also do not apply to religious gatherings.

Lt. Governor Jon Husted says voting doesn't qualify as a mass gathering. Secretary of state Frank LaRose says they're trying to get more poll workers for next week's election primary.

DeWine says a fifth case of the illness has been confirmed in Trumbull County, Ohio. The patient is a 55-year-old man who did not go to work when he was ill.