Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Last reviewed: 6/5/2020
Overview: Many of Ohio’s recreational and entertainment facilities, which have been shut down since mid-March, may reopen beginning June 10. Amusement parks, water parks, and racinos may reopen on Friday, June 19. The Ohio State Fair has been canceled out of concern for public health as well as the Indiana State Fair. Cincinnati Public Schools are considering changes such as year-round school.
Closures: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on June 5 that amusement parks, casinos, racinos, and water parks may reopen on Friday, June 19. The day prior, DeWine said that zoos, cinemas, museums, indoor sports facilities, playgrounds, and other recreational and entertainment facilities may reopen beginning June 10 if they follow health and safety guidelines. Ohio’s tourist attractions have been shut down since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, recreation facilities: Dr. Amy Acton signed a new health order that most Ohio indoor and outdoor entertainment venues and recreation facilities will remain closed through July 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The order also extends a ban on most mass gatherings of more than 10 people except religious services, free-speech demonstrations, funerals, weddings, and wedding receptions up to 300 people.
Events: The Ohio State Fair, scheduled for July 29 to August 9, has been canceled by the Ohio Expositions Commission. The Indiana State Fair has also been canceled, but a modified 4-H Livestock Show with additional activities will be held at the State Fairgrounds in August. In addition, the Butler County and Hamilton County Community fairs have also been canceled.
Schools: Cincinnati Public Schools are considering changes such as year-round school, one visit to school per student per week or staggered scheduling to reduce the number of students in school at once. With the possibility of continued social distancing, CPS officials are planning for “totally disrupting the system and not going back to the status quo,” Superintendent Laura Mitchell said.
Daycares and child care: Ohio’s child care centers and daycares were permitted to resume operations May 31 with social distancing and other virus precautions. There will be a reduced number of children in each classroom. Intensified cleaning and handwashing practices must also be in place. In Kentucky, child care may reopen on June 15 with reduced capacity.
How to help: Taft’s Brewing Co. and 42 other breweries are selling t-shirts to help people struggling during the pandemic. The shirts feature logos from all 43 breweries with the phrases “We’re all in this together” and “Drink Cincy.” You can buy the shirts online for $30 or you get them at Taft’s Brewpourium on Spring Grove Avenue for $25.
How to get help: The Freestore Foodbank is currently distributing 55 lbs. pre-made food bags per household. They may be picked up at the Customer Connection Center, 112 E. Liberty Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 513-357-4600 for help.
Public Transport: Effective Friday, May 8, Metro is increasing service on several high-demand routes to better meet customers’ needs as they begin to return to work. The following routes will see increased service adjustments: Rt. 16 Mt. Healthy, Rt. 32 Glenway Crossing-Price Hill via Matson, Rt. 43 Evendale-Woodlawn, and Rt. 51 Hyde Park-Uptown-Glenway Crossing Crosstown. Visit Metro’s website at www.go-metro.com for schedule details.