Casinos, amusement parks to reopen June 19
Casinos, racinos, amusement parks and water parks can reopen June 19 with restrictions that comply with efforts to lessen the number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio.
“In all of these cases, these sectors have come up with plans that in many cases dramatically reduce the number of people, provide for sanitation and in some cases, provide for one-way traffic,” Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday. “They are quite elaborate plans that we believe are consistent with protecting the public and consistent with allowing Ohioans to go about their summer.”
Some amusement and water parks filed lawsuits Thursday against the state seeking to reopen.
DeWine also said Friday that plans are in the works to reopen outdoor theaters, stadiums and auditoriums that have been closed since mid-March.
“There are still a few categories of businesses that have not yet reopened, but we are working on them and they will reopen shortly,” he said. “Our plan is in phases because we want to make each business, activity and venue as safe as they can be.”
He had words for those “who say we should reopen in Ohio with no guidance or rules.”
DeWine didn’t specify who those people are, but a number of his fellow Republican elected officials have called for a complete reopening and there have been protests by those who want restrictions lifted.
“That makes absolutely no sense in the midst of this pandemic,” he said. “With the virus still as contagious as it has ever been, to do that would be irresponsible and an abandonment of the duties I have as your governor.”
Friday’s announcement came a day after DeWine said several other entertainment facilities will be permitted to reopen Wednesday.
Those businesses are: 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, roller skating rinks, social clubs, trampoline parks and zoos.
The weekly number of reported COVID-19 deaths in the Mahoning Valley increased for the first time in about a month.
As of Friday, 22 fatalities were reported in the area, including one Friday in Trumbull County.
For the week, 17 deaths were confirmed in Mahoning, four in Trumbull and one in Columbiana.
The three counties reported 13 fatalities last week and 33 the week prior. The week of May 10 had 37 reported fatalities.
There were 53 reported fatalities during the week of May 3, the most for the three counties.
The weeks of April 26 and 19 posted 31 COVID-19 each while the week of April 12 had 32. The weeks of April 5 and March 29 each had 20 fatalities.
Five COVID-19 deaths were reported in the Valley before March 29.
Oftentimes, reported deaths lag behind actual deaths because of delays in filing COVID-19 death certificates and also determining if the virus was the reason for the fatalities.
Overall, the Valley had 297 COVID-19 deaths as of Friday: 191 in Mahoning, 52 in Trumbull and 54 in Columbiana.
The state has totaled 2,355 COVID-19 deaths as of Friday, up from 2,339 Thursday. Ohio also has confirmed 37,758 cases of the virus Friday, up from 37,282 Thursday.
Mahoning County reported 1,487 cases Friday, up from 1,466 Thursday.
Trumbull posted 604 cases Friday, eight more than Thursday.
Columbiana County had 894 cases Friday, up one from a day earlier.
Statewide, 6,385 people were or have been hospitalized as of Friday because of the virus, up from 6,312 Thursday.
There were 1,632 people who have been treated in intensive-care units as of Friday, up from 1,623 Thursday.
Ohio doesn’t track the number of people who have been discharged from hospitals or removed from ICU.