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Dewine Announces Revised Health Order for Mass Gatherings a Week Before Thanksgiving

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OHIO – Governor Dewine has announced a revised health order to limit mass gatherings in Ohio.

“In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through airborne particles passing between people in close contact, wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities are subject to the restrictions below,” said Dewine.

This order does not apply to religious observances; First Amendment protected speech, including petition or referendum circulators, and any activity by media; and to governmental meetings which include meetings that are required to be open to the public. This order goes into effect on November 17, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.

The new order aims at mass gatherings of funerals, wedding receptions, and other events at banquet facilities

No socializing or actives in open congregate areas no dancing

Guest must be seated at all times Traditional wedding reception events such as first dance, toasts and cutting of the cake are permitted.

If serving food and beverages, guests must be served at their seats No self-serve buffets and no self-serve bar areas.

Masks must be worn at all times unless activiely consuming food or beverages

No more than ten people seated to a table and those individuals must be from the same household.

Dewine also ordered that all public and private gatherings of greater than 10 people occurring outside a single residence are prohibited.

Local health departments will be charged with the authority to answer questions in writing consistent with this order.

Full order can be viewed here: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/OHOOD/2020/11/16/file_attachments/1601899/Gathering%20Order%20FINAL%2011.15.20.pdf?fbclid=IwAR28q-SQsv8AtmpllUEFlwrhSxERA78IgarwdJiJJiomeF96B-cVGaiEhTY