Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine had issued orders banning mass gatherings in the state of more than 100 people (later changed to more than 50), and to have schools, restaurants, and gyms among other facilities shut down during the COVID-19 spread.
However, there was no mention of funerals and weddings, until a reporter asked Gov. DeWine.
Here is his answer, according to WJW Fox 8 News Cleveland:
“I can tell you, we were contacted by a friend of mine who had somebody in the family who died. They were talking about how do we deal with this. They came to the conclusion that they would have their own service, but they would postpone the public service until later,” the Governor said.
In other words, they could go on, but not with large crowds.
Gov. DeWine does acknowledge that “this is certainly very difficult for families” right now.
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Ohio Department of Health Orders Primary Polls Closed Despite Judge's Ruling
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Here is the three-page order signed tonight by @OHdeptofhealth Director @DrAmyActon that closes all polling locations in #Ohio due to the risk of #COVID19 faced by both voters and poll workers. #COVID19OhioReady pic.twitter.com/XRd4zJH4so— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
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During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
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As such, @DrAmyActon will order the polls closed as a health emergency. While the polls will be closed tomorrow, Secretary of State @FrankLaRose will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
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Joint Statement from Governor DeWine and Secretary of State @FrankLaRose:— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
The only thing more important than a free and fair election is the health and safety of Ohioans. 1/5
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Additionally, Ohioans over 65 and those with certain health conditions have been advised to limit their nonessential contact with others, affecting their ability to vote or serve as poll workers. 3/5— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
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Logistically, under these extraordinary circumstances, it simply isn’t possible to hold an election tomorrow that will be considered legitimate by Ohioans. 4/5— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
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Together with @GovMikeDeWine, @LtGovHusted, and @DrAmyActon, we had to make some tough decisions.— Frank LaRose (@FrankLaRose) March 17, 2020
I talked to @NewDay about why Ohioans aren’t voting today and how we’re working to make sure they have their voice heard in a fair and safe election. pic.twitter.com/e0yuCnX8kO
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