Health Order to Limit Mass Gatherings Signed
COLUMBUS, Nov. 16, 2020: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine
announced that Ohio Department of Health Interim Director
Lance Himes signed a revised
health order to limit mass gatherings in Ohio.
“Despite the health order that limited mass gatherings to 10
people that was signed in April remaining in effect, we have
seen rampant spread of the virus as a result of banquets,
wedding receptions, and social gatherings following funerals,”
said Governor DeWine. “We have seen great tragedy associated
with such events. It’s not the ceremonies causing the problem.
It’s the party afterward.”
In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through airborne
particles passing between people in close contact, wedding
receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet
facilities are subject to the following restrictions:
No socializing or activities in open congregate areas and no
Guests must be seated at all times. Traditional wedding
reception events such as first dance, toasts, tossing the
bouquet and cutting the cake are permitted.
If serving food and beverages, guests must be served at
their seats. No self-serve buffets and no self-serve bar
Masks must be worn at all times unless actively consuming
food or beverages.
No more than 10 people should be seated at a table and those
individuals must be from the same household.
This order does not apply to religious observances; First
Amendment protected speech, including petition or referendum
circulators, and any activity by media; and to governmental
meetings which include meetings that are required to be open to
This order goes into effect November 17, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.