During his most recent scolding of Ohio’s citizens, Governor DeWine threatened to close restaurants and bars if the state’s Covid numbers don’t quickly improve. He figures if people can’t behave responsibly he’ll close the places they are mass-congregating to slow the spread.
If the current trend continues and cases keep increasing, we will be forced to close restaurants, bars, and fitness centers. We will look at this one week from tomorrow.
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) November 11, 2020
We constantly wear face masks, we social distance, it’s a rule. Plus the fact that everything is clean because we have to keep it that way. We have rules. People will gather. If you close the restaurants they will gather at Uncle Earl and Aunt Betty’s house. And I can tell you one thing: I don’t know when the last time Uncle Earl and Aunt Betty cleaned their kitchen, and sure as hell they aren’t washing their hands all the time. You know they’re not wearing face masks and there is no social distancing.
It’s short-sighted to vilify the restaurants when everybody knows Covid is being spread in small gatherings in people’s homes between families. I think it’s a safer option to gather together in a restaurant where … there is enforcement and things are clean.
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