Coronavirus: Water parks, amusement parks, casinos, outdoor theaters to reopen June 19

Amusement parks, water parks, outdoor theaters, casinos and racinos, will be able to open on June 19, Gov. Mike DeWine said.

The state will also approve a plan for the Memorial Golf Tournament to be held July 13-19.

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DeWine said all the sectors mentioned today have come up plans that reduce the number of people in attendance, provide for sanitation and, in some cases, provide for one-way traffic.

The plans are elaborate, he said, and the state believes they are consistent with protecting the public.

The governor addressed criticism that Ohio should reopen without any guidelines or restrictions.

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DeWine said it makes no sense to do that with the virus still out there and as contagious as ever.

He called it “irresponsible” and “an abandonment to my duty as governor.”

The state is continuing to work with colleges and universities on plans that would allow students to return to class in the fall, DeWine said.

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Previously the governor said he intends on having -12 students back in classrooms for the 2020-21 school year and that his administration is working to create broad protocols that would give local school districts the ability to customize plans for their individual schools and facilities.

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There have been 37,758 total cases and 2,355 deaths attributed to coronavirus in the state, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The state is reporting 35,096 confirmed cases and 2,135 deaths.

There have been 6,385 hospitalizations and 1,632 ICU admissions reported throughout the pandemic in Ohio.

Yesterday, the governor announced that on June 10 aquariums, art galleries, country clubs, ice skating rinks, indoor family entertainment centers, indoor sports facilities, laser tag facilities, indoor movie theaters, museums, outdoor playgrounds, public recreation centers, rolling skating rinks, social clubs, trampoline parks and zoos can reopen.

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As previously announced, assisted living facilities and intermediate care centers will be able to resume visitation starting June 8.

Kings Island filed a lawsuit against Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton Thursday in response to restrictions that kept the park closed.


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