Ohio judge rules: closing gyms violates the Constitution

In breaking news from Ohio, WTVN radio reports that governor Mike DeWine has made a shift in stay-at0 home and mask-wearing orders changing from executive orders to recommendations.

According to their website, "For months, Ohioans have been directed to stay home and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus. on Tuesday, Governor Mike DeWine did away with his "Stay Safe Ohio" order.

In its place is an "Ohioans Protecting Ohioans" initiative, where moves like wearing a mask and social distancing are recommendations, instead of orders. It still limits mass gatherings to no more than 10 people, urges residents to remain six-feet of social distancing, and encourages frequent hand washing. DeWine says even Ohioans that are not at risk of death from coronavirus are still at risk of developing severe symptoms, which can results in long stays in the hospital.

The governor Tuesday also announced companies that pay into the Bureau of Worker's Compensation program will receive a shipment of face masks."The news comes after a judge limited orders from Ohio health chief, Dr. Amy Acton, earlier this month.


According to o News 5 in Cleveland, "Lake County Court of Common Pleas Judge Eugene A. Lucci issued a preliminary injunction against Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton and the Lake County General Health District that says they violated the constitutional rights of Ohioans by forcing gyms to stay closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, nearly three dozen gyms filed a lawsuit that claims Acton and the county’s general health district violated gym owners' constitutional rights by shuttering fitness centers.

The ruling enjoins police agencies, prosecutors and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office from “imposing or enforcing penalties solely for non-compliance with the director’s order” against the 35 businesses listed in the lawsuit, as long as those businesses “operate in compliance with all applicable safety regulations, whether those are in the state’s order, the state’s supplemental guidelines governing businesses like those of the plaintiffs in this case, or the Lake County General Health District.”"


H/T: WTVN News Radio 610, News 5 Cleveland