Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a new mask order in a statewide address on Wednesday evening, saying businesses will be held responsible, and potentially closed for 24 hours, if they allow customers to enter without wearing masks.
The governor also said bars and restaurants could be ordered closed in a week from Thursday if cases continue to increase.
“I am very well aware of the burden this will place on employees and the owners. But, these are places where it is difficult or impossible to maintain mask-wearing, which we know now is the chief way of slowing this virus,” he said.
DeWine also said a new public health order will be issued in a few days to place “significant restrictions” on banquets, wedding receptions and gatherings following funerals.
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