Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that he will shut down remaining restrictions against COVID-19, with exceptions for nursing homes and assisted living locations, on June 2, as revealed in a new video released on YouTube.
“The vaccine is here,” DeWine said at a press conference, according to Breitbart News. “It’s stronger and better than medical experts ever imagined. Everyone can now control their own health. Everyone can now control their own destiny.”
“It’s time to end the health orders. It’s been a year,” DeWine added. “You’ve followed the protocols. You’ve done what we’ve asked.
“You’ve bravely fought this virus. And now, our cases are down, and we have a tested and proven weapon in the vaccine that all Ohioans 12 and over can utilize.”
DeWine also continued to urge residents to receive the coronavirus vaccine. The governor announced several incentives for those who have been vaccinated.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, the state plans to “give away $1 million to five adults who have received the vaccine and a four-year scholarship to a state university to five children age 12-17.”
The “Ohio Vax-a-million” plan will be given out over five consecutive Wednesdays starting May 26.
The state has continued its mask mandate longer than many others, but is clearly making a strong break into post-pandemic life.