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Ohio Department of Health Interim Director signs order reopening self-serve food stations

Governor Mike DeWine announced the news in a press release on Wednesday

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes has signed a government order allowing the reopening of self-serve food stations in the state. 

"All retail food establishments that are regulated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture are permitted to resume their use of self-service food stations in accordance with guidance from the Department of Health" the order reads. 

Released by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Wednesday, the order also allows all restaurants, bars, banquet and catering facilities to reopen, so long as the proper social distancing protocols are put in place.

Businesses must continue to enforce COVID-19 preventing measures, including decreased capacity, mask-wearing, and social distancing. 

The order will take effect on Thursday, September 24, at 12:01 a.m.