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DeWine announces reopen date for entertainment venues

Moment of silence held for George Floyd at news conference

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a reopening date for entertainment businesses in Ohio at his news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday.

The governor said aquariums, art galleries, country clubs, skating rinks, indoor family entertainment centers, indoor sports facilities, laser tag facilities, movie theaters, museums, outdoor playgrounds, public recreation centers, social clubs , trampoline parks and zoos may reopen on Wednesday, June 10.

“If they are able to follow the Responsible Restart Ohio retail, consumer, service and entertainment guidelines and other applicable additional guidance,” DeWine said. “It is up to each of us to do what we can to keep each other safe and choose to keep six feet of social distance, wear masks, and maintain good hand hygiene. The threat of COVID-19 remains, and while it’s our responsibility to keep each other safe, business owners and employees should do their part by cleaning and sanitizing surfaces regularly.”

The governor also called for a statewide moment of silence for George Floyd at 2 p.m., which was the start of his regular news conference. The observance was in conjunction with national memorial services.

Floyd died after being detained by Minneapolis police and video showed an officer pressing on knee on his neck for more than eight minutes, despite his pleas of “I can’t breathe.” Officers involved in the arrest have been charged in the case.