COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--With recent cases of coronavirus in Ohio traced back to county fairs, Governor Mike DeWine Tuesday issued the directive that all county fairs in the state be limited to junior-fair events only.
The order takes effect for fairs for the rest of 2020, beginning on Friday, July 31st, and after. The order allows 4-H and FFA competitions and livestock shows.
It prohibits midway rides, carnival games, and grandstand events. Harness racing can continue, but without spectators.
DeWine says one fair had 19 people test positive for COVID-19, and outbreaks have been reported in connection to other fairs.
The governor adds there's been a lack of social distancing, even after mask orders were put in place.