COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editor’s note: Video in the player above explains what you need to know about Ohio lifting its COVID health orders.
After more than a year of various COVID health restrictions, the state of Ohio has officially entered the next phase in the coronavirus pandemic by ending health orders overnight.
Just hours before the state’s health orders were lifted, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost posted a 15-second clip on Twitter that shows him taking off a surgical mask, dousing it in lighter fluid and setting it ablaze to the tune of Fire by Jimi Hendrix.
Watch Yost’s video in the tweet below:
It’s important to note, however, that businesses can also still require masks or keep other COVID-19 safety protocols in effect at their own discretion — so it’s best to keep a mask with you even if you’re fully vaccinated.
A select few orders remain in place, namely those mandating face masks at health care facilities and nursing homes. Those facilities — as well as grade schools — are also still required to notify residents, students, parents or other relevant parties of any positive or probable COVID-19 cases.