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DeWine: Child care reopening is pending

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said on Monday that no decision will be announced for some time on the reopening of child care facilities in the state.

The governor ordered a closure several weeks back due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

“We will not be making an announcement today,” DeWine said at his news conference. “We’re still working on it. It’s very important that we get this right. We don’t want to announce a date until we have the protocols in place. We’re focusing on the safety of the kids, their families, and the employees.”

The governor said he was waiting for more information.

“The mistakes I’ve made in my career have come about when I haven’t had all the facts or didn’t dig deep enough — so this process is continuing,” he said. “Reopening childcare centers is simply too important to do so without all the best information and protocols in place.”

The governor spoke of the reopening of Ohio’s retail businesses, which was Tuesday. He said this would mean 90 percent of the state has emerged from closures.

He urged residents to exercise caution as they returned to stores.

“COVID-19 is still out there,” he said. “We can’t relax. All Ohioans have the individual responsibility to continue to be cautious — if not for you, be careful for others.”