Governor DeWine spoke tonight. WJW Fox 8 posted a round-up on what he said. In short he will be revising his mask order to toughen it up relative to the retail sector, will be issuing revised orders as to certain types of mass gatherings, and if things do not improve by the 19th he is strongly considering resuming the closure of bars, restaurants, and fitness centers. Laura Hancock at also wrote a piece discussing the address. The Governor reminded the state that unless otherwise exempted by a separate order the mass gatherings prohibition remains in full force and effect prohibiting more than 10 people gathering. I can only note that the enforcement of that order has been horrifyingly bad.

The next press conference scheduled by the governor is set for 2 PM local time on Thursday, November 12, 2020. The usual data dump is expected at that time. The odds of Ashtabula County getting reduced in alert level on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System are astronomically slim.

Churches are not necessarily restricted by the mass gatherings prohibition at this time. The enactment of House Bill 272 by the Ohio General Assembly codified a provision to be effective as of December 16th stating:

(A) Notwithstanding any contrary provision of the Revised Code, no public official shall issue an order to close all places of worship in the state or in a geographic area of the state.

(B) As used in this section:

(1) “Place of worship” means a building or grounds where activities of an organized religious group are conducted.

(2) “Public official” means any elected or appointed officer, employee, or agent of the state or any political subdivision, board, commission, bureau, or other public body established by law.

A mass gathering restriction that limits the number of people who can be in a church building at one time is not the same thing as a closure, though. The State of Ohio has not yet ever ordered churches to be closed during the pandemic. What further actions may be taken is something that cannot be predicted.