Ohio Governor Reveals How State Will Respond to Businesses Not Complying with Restrictions

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Posted: May 18, 2020 3:30 PM
Ohio Governor Reveals How State Will Respond to Businesses Not Complying with Restrictions

Source: AP Photo/John Minchillo

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) admitted on Monday that while protecting residents' health is of the upmost importance, there are also consequences for keeping the state economy closed. He wants to reopen, he said, but it's up to Ohioans to do so safely by sticking to new state guidelines. And according to the governor, not every business is taking the restrictions seriously.

"When we look at how restaurants/bars operate, distance is key," DeWine tweeted. "We got reports over the weekend that most were doing an amazing job. But, it's clear that we have some outliers - businesses that were not doing what they should do."

So, the governor is now taking punitive measures against the rebel businesses, including some "potential criminal actions."

Some of DeWine's followers demanded he reopen the state and let them live their lives.

Business owners in other states are discovering just how draconian some of these coronavirus-related ordinances have become. In Dallas, Texas, hair salon owner Shelley Luther was jailed for opening her facility Salon a la Mode, until Gov. Greg Abbot revised his stay-at-home to retroactively prohibit such arrests.

As the nationwide rate of coronavirus cases continues to decline, more states have begun their Phase One reopening plans.

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