State Bans Gatherings Of More Than 100 People

Mar 13, 2020

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made good on a promise to shut down most big gatherings  as part of sweeping public health orders to slows the spread of the coronavirus. 

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports. 

Mass gatherings are prohibited in the State of Ohio.

That's how the public health order from DeWine's office begins, characterizing mass gatherings as events with more than 100 people in a single space. That means stadiums, theaters, auditoriums, even parades, fairs and festivals.


DeWine Sweeping Orders BITE 3: "We have to take this action. We have to do everything we can to have an interruption."


There are exceptions, such as mass transit stations, shopping malls, places of worship, and free speech events.


But DeWine says organizations need to take it upon themselves to decide if staying open is worth the risk of spreading the coronavirus.