DeWine’s lifting of health orders impacts Groveport city events

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Governor Mike DeWine announced the lifting of coronavirus pandemic health orders as of June 2.

The announcement will impact how the city of Groveport will proceed with its festivals, events, and swimming pool operation.

On May 12, DeWine said the presence of the vaccine and the ability of Ohioans to follow safety protocols has lessened the threat of the pandemic.

“Everyone can now control their own health. Everyone can now control their own destiny. So, it is time to end the health orders,” said DeWine. “Our cases are down and we have a tested and proven weapon in the vaccine that all Ohioans 12 and over can utilize.”

DeWine stressed the importance of getting vaccinated.

“While we have this great weapon, the danger of remaining unvaccinated is crystal clear,” said DeWine. “The virus is still here. Our cases are down, but that’s only because 42 percent of our entire population has now been vaccinated and can no longer get it and can no longer spread it…for those who are not vaccinated, the virus is just as dangerous as ever.”

He said it is up to each citizen to decide whether to get vaccinated or not.

“There comes a time when individual responsibility simply must take over,” said DeWine. “Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud will remove all pandemic health orders, except those for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, effective on June 2. This will give anyone who has not been vaccinated time to get the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna and be well on the way to full immunity. Now, lifting these orders does not mean the virus is gone. It does not mean we are all safe. Each Ohio citizen will make their own decisions about wearing a mask and social distancing and when, for them, that’s appropriate. Ohio businesses and schools, as well, will make their own decisions about how to best keep their customers, employees, and students safe.”

He said lifting the health orders will not prevent a business from imposing its own requirements.

“In fact, based upon the experiences of other states, we expect that many stores or businesses may require social distancing and masking,” said DeWine.

Groveport’s reaction
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said the governor’s announcement means city officials must hold discussions and re-evaluate how the city will approach the opening of its Groveport Aquatic Center outdoor swimming pool, the Memorial Day ceremony, and the city’s Fourth of July celebration.

“It’s all fluid,” said King.

King said the Memorial Day ceremony, since it will be held before June 2, will remain a scaled back event with coronavirus safety protocols in place (see story about the Memorial Day ceremony on the Messenger website).

The Fourth of July celebration will include fireworks, musical entertainment, food vendors, and the traditional parade. Discussions will be held with the Fourth of July committee regarding whether or not to proceed with the kids games and activities (see story about the Fourth of July on the Messenger website).

Regarding the opening and operations of the Groveport Aquatic Center this swimming season in light of the DeWine’s announcement, King said city officials will evaluate the governor’s orders and discuss them with Franklin County Public Health to determine how to proceed. He said more information will be coming soon about the pool opening and its operations for this summer.

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