Ohio Governor Says Face Masks Not Political; Not Ready for Amusement Parks

(Columbus, OH) -- Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is taking his message of wearing face masks to protect others from COVID-19 to a national audience.

DeWine appeared on NBC's Meet the Press yesterday to say the wearing of masks is a safety issue and not a political one. He said the face coverings are important because results have shown they prevent people from accidentally transmitting the virus, which protects those most vulnerable to the illness.

DeWine added that wearing masks in individual situations like driving is not necessary, but they should be worn at times when people are interacting with other members of the public.


The Governor also says the state is not ready to give the go-ahead to re-open amusement parks like Cedar Point in Sandusky or King's Island in Mason.

Speaking yesterday to NBC's Chuck Todd, DeWine said amusement parks could not re-open before officials had time to study the virus' spread during the current phase of bringing businesses back into operation. The governor said the state's replication rate is still one-to-one, and that means they are not ready to allow mass gatherings where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Several major mass gathering events like the Ohio State Fair and the Columbus downtown fireworks display have already announced they will be postponed until next year.

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