All health orders in Ohio, except those for nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be lifted on June 2, Gov. Mike DeWine announced in his statewide address Wednesday.
Governor Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that most health orders in the state of Ohio will soon be lifted because of the strong protection of COVID-19 vaccines.
Starting on June 2, all pandemic health orders, except those for nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be removed. Ohioans will no longer be required to wear facial coverings and follow social distancing guidelines. The announcement also puts an end to capacity restrictions at indoor and outdoor events.
DeWine said the June 2 date will allow Ohioans additional time to get vaccinated.
“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.”
More than 4.8 million people in Ohio had started the vaccination process as of Tuesday, or about 41% of the population.