Patch.com, By Chris Mosby, Posted March 8th 2021
Gov. Mike DeWine announced what standards Ohio would use to remove all COVID-19 restrictions.
Ohio will lift all COVID-19 restrictions when there are 50 cases per 100,000 residents for two weeks, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday.
After averaging more than 400 cases per 100,000 residents, Ohio is now averaging approximately 150 cases per 100,000 residents. DeWine expects further drops in cases per 100,000 residents in the near future.
“This is due to the vaccine and your hard work,” the governor said during an evening address to the state.
Since COVID-19 vaccines have become available, DeWine has lifted the statewide curfew, opened restaurants, bars and gyms, removed stay-at-home orders and loosened capacity regulations for sporting events. He has promised to further open the state as numbers decline. Now, he’s set the standards for what Ohio will need to do to remove all restrictions.
“The end of our fight is now in view, but we must continue pressing forward in these final days. We must not relent,” the governor said.
The governor encouraged all Ohioans to continue wearing masks and following social distancing protocols while the vaccine is rolled out to more people.
Last week, shipments of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Ohio for the first time, giving health officials unprecedented numbers of vaccines to distribute. DeWine said no one would be forced to take the vaccine, but encouraged everyone to get vaccinated and expedite the full opening of the state.
“The more of us who are vaccinated, the more complete our victory, and the more confidently we can put this behind us,” DeWine said.
While Ohio plans to lift all its COVID-19 restrictions in the future, other states, like Texas, have effectively removed all coronavirus-related regulations, including mask mandates.