Ohio Governor Dewine Announces Re-Openings of Entertainment Venues

A day after Kings Island filed a lawsuit seeking to reopen, Gov. Mike DeWine announced a reopening date for Ohio’s casinos, racinos, amusement parks and water parks.

DeWine announced these entertainment venues can reopen in two weeks — on June 19.

The governor acknowledged that these entertainment venues have come up with elaborate plans to keep everyone safe and he said he wants Ohioans to enjoy their summer.

DeWine announced Thursday that entertainment venues across Ohio, such as zoos, museums, movie theaters and more can reopen beginning on Wednesday.

Many expected amusement parks to included on DeWine’s list, but it was not.

Kings Island has now filed a lawsuit fighting to open the park immediately.

Finney Law Firm attorneys along with Maurice Thompson filed suit in Warren County Common Pleas Court against Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton to reopen Kings Island.

Finney Law Firm has filed a series of seven cases to reopen businesses in Ohio.

Following DeWine’s announcement on Friday, Kings Island has yet to say if it will be reopening on June 19.

“We will provide specific opening dates just as soon as we confirm details with the governor. We appreciate the cooperation and support of all those that are working hard to help us and the state of Ohio reopen,” Kings Island officials said in a statement.

In addition to amusement parks, DeWine noted the status of outdoor theaters on Friday. He said outdoor theaters must submit a plan on safely reopening before being permitted to do so.

DeWine acknowledged that there are still a few categories of businesses that have not been reopened.

“We are working on those and those will reopen shortly,” DeWine said.

DeWine discussed how he’s decided to open Ohio’s economy and why.

“We wanted to do it in phases,” he said, saying he decided to do so because their indicators, such as COVID-19 data, are always “lagging.”

“We wanted to be able to monitor results,” DeWine said. “We look at data each day.”

DeWine said it’s important to open businesses as safely as possible.

For those saying Ohio should reopen with no guidance or rules, DeWine said “to do that in the midst of the pandemic makes absolutely no sense.”

DeWine said the virus is still very much out there and very much alive.

“It would be an abandonment to the duty I have as your governor and I do not attend to do that,” DeWine said.

He encouraged everyone to continue social distancing and following safety guidelines.