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Gov. DeWine announces reopening date for entertainment facilities, movie theaters, playgrounds

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 08:03:49-04

COLUMBUS — Although he canceled his daily briefing Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine took further action with Ohio’s reopening, announcing dates for certain entertainment facilities to reopen under certain guidelines and restrictions, including movie theaters, zoos, playgrounds, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities and museums.

On June 10, the following entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen as long as they are able to follow state-issued guidelines:

  • Aquariums
  • Art galleries
  • Country clubs
  • Ice skating rinks
  • Indoor family entertainment centers
  • Indoor sports facilities
  • Laser tag facilities
  • Movie theaters (indoor)
  • Museums
  • Playgrounds (outdoor)
  • Public recreation centers
  • Roller skating rinks
  • Social clubs
  • Trampoline parks
  • Zoos

Some of the mandatory guidelines required for entertainment venues and facilities to reopen include employees wearing masks or face coverings, ensuring six feet of social distancing between customers when possible, specifying hours for at-risk populations, establishing a maximum capacity, sanitizing high contact surfaces hourly and staggering the entry of guests into the facilities.

Entertainment businesses that offer sports activities will also follow guidelines for general non-contact sports issued by the state.

DeWine and his team recommend that these venues consider having customers wear masks or face coverings, set up appointments for customers when possible, and closing once a week for deep cleaning, among other suggestions that are not listed as mandatory.

“As I’ve said, Ohioans are able to do two things at once. We can continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 while we safely reopen our economy. It is up to each of us to do what we can to keep each other safe and choose to keep six feet of social distance, wear masks, and maintain good hand hygiene.” said DeWine. “The threat of COVID-19 remains and while it’s our responsibility to keep each other safe, business owners and employees should do their part to ensure customers visit safely, by cleaning and sanitizing surfaces regularly.”

To read the full list of mandates and guidelines for the reopening of entertainment venues and facilities, click here.

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