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Gov. DeWine | Ohioans can plan for proms, graduations, sports and entertainment events

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) – Thursday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the next steps to easing some public health restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor said sporting and entertainment events will be able to reopen with 25% maximum indoor capacity and 30% maximum outdoor capacity provided they follow COVID-19 precautions.

“This is a start,” said Gov. DeWine during the press briefing. “If the situation improves in spring and summer, this could be expanded.”

Some of those protocols required will include mandatory mask wearing for employees and customers, spectator pathways that allow for social distancing and seating in pods of no more than six people (recommended to be of the same household). Gov. DeWine also says the ‘pods’ must be separated by at least six feet.

As for general admission tickets including lawns, standing room only and infields, the governor says they would be allowed as long as masks are worn, and six-foot distancing can be maintained.

“The coming months will be critical as new variants of the virus spread throughout the nation and Ohio, but we are optimistic.”

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Gov. DeWine said guidance will be available soon for proms, banquet centers, wedding receptions, fairs, festivals and parades.

Gov. DeWine also announce that beginning March 1st, the state will lift restrictions on visitors to state behavioral health hospitals.

Safety measures will remain in place at facilities such as mask requirements, hand hygiene protocols and time limits.

Next week, Ohio will have 310,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. DeWine says due to this, the state will be adding more vaccine provider sites including some Meijer and Walmart sites and more independent pharmacies.

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