- Tells protesters to observe social distancing
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has warned demonstrators that the state will not tolerate damage to properties, even as he advised them to wear masks and practice social distancing during protests.
Governor DeWine who was reacting to the incident at the State House at the weekend said “the Ohio State Highway Patrol, OSHP assures me that this will not happen again. This is damage that we will not tolerate.”
“We have seen businesses vandalized – many are small businesses whose owners have worked on for many years. To see that wiped away in an act of violence, vandalism, and destruction is a sad thing to see,” said Governor Mike DeWine.
He asked “all demonstrators to wear masks. The things we do impact others. You can protest and get your point across, but you should also socially distance and do everything you can do slow the spread of COVID19.”
Governor DeWine announced “the launch of three new Public Service Announcements, PSAs. The first two ads are titled “I Believe,” and they focus on real Ohioans who are reinforcing the interventions that medical experts tell us will make a difference in slowing the spread of the COVID19. “
On the complaint on fireworks in the state, Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted said, “the large gathering order is still in place and a lot of the large firework shows have been canceled, but for those who might be considering holding an event, we ask that you do so safely.
“Fireworks shows are not prohibited, they can proceed. But large gatherings are still not allowed at this time. We can find ways to celebrate without gathering close together in small groups. Watch from your porch, your car, or your backyard.”