Gov. DeWine cancels press conference out of respect for George Floyd memorial service


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine plans to reveal another piece of the reopening puzzle Thursday.

Tuesday, he said museums and zoos would be discussed.

However, Thursday morning, he announced he would be cancelling the press conference because it was scheduled for the same time as a memorial service for George Floyd.

Floyd was killed last week during an arrest by Minneapolis police. 

Four officers have been charged in his death. 

DeWine says the announcements will still be made via press release.

Gov. DeWine says his office and the health department have reviewed plans for several organizations.

“I think for most of the facilities, it will be good news.”

“The advantage for the zoo primarily is that they’re outside. Inside is a little more problematic.”

Top of the list will likely be limiting capacity and ways to create distance between people, like in food service lines, and things of that nature.

Masks are not likely to be required for visitors, but certainly might be for employees.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says the reopenings are near completion and that more announcements are coming soon.

Entertainment venues have not received guidance on how they’ll be able to reopen.

Movie theaters, amusement parks, casinos, stadiums, and concert venues are still shuttered as the state evaluates plans.

Of course, schools are still waiting for guidelines about the fall as well. 

DeWine has said it is the state’s goal to have kids restart in the fall.

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