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Ohio’s COVID-19 health orders ending Wednesday

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 7:36 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Most of Ohio’s health orders - mask mandate, capacity limits and social distancing rules - will end starting Wednesday.

Some orders will remain related to restrictions at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and COVID-19 data-gathering, Gov. Mike DeWine has said.

Lifting the health orders will not prevent a business from imposing its own requirements if they wish.

Ohio businesses and schools will be able to decide what rules to impose for the safety of their customers, employers and students.

Hard Rock Casino will be relaxing its COVID protocols, according to George Goldhoff.

“So, we’re gonna relax our ‘safe and sound protocols,’ which is all of our sanitation and social distancing, and masks will be optional starting tomorrow.”

At Main Library, staff will continue wearing their masks through June. In terms of individuals, the library is encouraging masks, but not requiring people to wear them.

Cincinnati’s 10 biggest libraries are now back to their normal hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Libraries will further expand hours in July and eventually bring back Sunday hours.

Non-vaccinated Ohioans should continue to wear masks indoors past June 2, Gov. Mike DeWine said.

Several local lawmakers including State Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Green Township, have told FOX19 NOW they were poised to act starting June 23 had the governor not lifted the orders.

They passed Senate Bill 22 by supermajority over DeWine’s veto earlier this year.

Starting June 23, this allows lawmakers to override agency regulations during declared states of emergency.

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