What you need to know about the impact of COVID-19 on the Tri-State

What you need to know about the impact of COVID-19 on the Tri-State
COVID-19 GFX (Source: KLTV)

Publisher: FOX19

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Last reviewed: 9/18/2020

Overview: Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are all under statewide mask mandates. Ohio’s mandate began at 6 p.m. on July 23. On Sept. 7, Kentucky’s mask mandate was extended another 30 days and Indiana’s has been extended until Sept. 25. Exceptions vary from state to state. Many of Ohio’s recreational and entertainment facilities reopened June 10 with virus precautions in place.

Closures: Kings Island opened to season pass holders on Thursday, July 1 and general admission began on Friday, July 10. All visitors must wear masks. Portions of the Cincinnati Museum Center reopened on Friday, July 17. Ohio’s casinos reopened on June 19 but only at a maximum of 50% capacity and with no poker tables

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 will be held at the State Fairgrounds. The Butler County, Hamilton County, and Hamilton County Community fairs have been canceled.

Schools: CPS students will begin the school year on Sept. 28 with all-remote learning for at least the first five weeks. That’s only if the community’s health status improves, according to CPS officials. Gov. Andy Beshear has recommended that private and public schools in Kentucky delay the start of in-person classes until Sept. 28.

Sports: Organized fall sports in Ohio may begin their seasons under an executive order from Gov. Mike DeWine. Spectators will be limited. You can read the order here. The KHSAA said fall sports practices may begin on Aug. 24 and high school football games on Sept. 11. Gov. Andy Beshear says he will not overturn that decision despite his concerns about starting high school contact sports like football.

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: Cincinnati Metro resumed full-service effective Sunday, June 28. As of July 8, riders and drivers are required to wear facial coverings in accordance with the state order for Hamilton County. The exception is for kids ages six and younger. Riders are being asked to use TransitApp with EZFare for contactless payment. Cash fares are still being accepted. Riders may view schedules and plan their trips here.

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