COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – Many of Ohio’s entertainment venues have the green light to reopen this week.
Although individual businesses will ultimately decide when to open their doors, Governor Mike DeWine approved health and safety guidelines for more facilities to open June 10.
Here’s what’s on the list:
- Art galleries
- Country clubs
- Ice skating rinks
- Indoor family entertainment centers
- Indoor sports facilities
- Laser tag facilities
- Movie theaters (indoor)
- Playgrounds (outdoor)
- Public recreation centers
- Roller skating rinks
- Social clubs
- Trampoline parks
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo plans to reopen to the public on Wednesday, June 17.
The Columbus Zoo will reopen June 15, and Akron Zoo will open June 17.
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium has not announced a reopening date.
While all the facilities are required to have new social distancing guidelines, there are few places that are requiring guests to wear masks.
Amusement parks and casinos are allowed to reopen June 19.
“Some say we should open with no guidance, no rules. And what’s my answer to that? My answer to that is to do that in the midst of this pandemic makes absolutely no sense,” Gov. DeWine said in a press conference. “With the virus still out there. With the virus as contagious, as it has ever been. Still very, very much alive. It would be, on my behalf as your governor, irresponsible to do that,” he continued.
“It would not be the right thing to do. It would frankly, to do that would be an abandonment of the duty I have as governor. I do not intend to do that. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said… ‘These are no ordinary times.’ For us in the middle of this pandemic. These are no ordinary times.”