Gov. Mike DeWine on March 16 said the state health director will issue a slew of new orders with regard to public gathering places.

DeWine is recommending that voting be extended through June 2 for Ohio’s primary and to stop in-person voting March 16 and 17.

New#COVID19 data just posted tohttps://t.co/3lWx4IRScb:

➡️ 50 confirmed cases
➡️ 12#Ohio counties
➡️ 14 hospitalizations#COVID19OhioReadypic.twitter.com/MsTbr04Erb

— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine)March 16, 2020

DeWine said he does not have the power as governor to delay the primary election himself. But he said he is recommending that in-person voting take place June 2 and will seek to do so through a lawsuit.

“We should not force (voters) to make this choice, the choice between their health and their constitutional rights and duties as American citizens,” DeWine said.

The state will order fitness centers and gyms, bowling alleys, public recreation centers, movie theaters, water parks and trampoline parks to close at close of business today.

The state will also limit gatherings to less than 50 people, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DeWine said.

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