DeWine to lift health orders

Mike De Wine wearing a suit and tie

Gov. Mike De Wine

Also, on Wednesday, May 26th, there will be a drawing for 17 years old and under who have been vaccinated, and the victor will receive a full, four-year scholarship to a State of OH university. The first drawing will take place on May 26, and a new victor will be drawn each Wednesday after that for the duration of the contest.

An online portal to register for this drawing will open up on May 18.

Names will come from the Ohio voter registration database and drawings will be conducted by the Ohio Lottery, funded by existing coronavirus relief funds.

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The state is also offering a lottery for vaccinated under-17-year-olds - instead of $1 million, they could win a full four-year scholarship to one of Ohio's state universities, a valuable prize in a country where higher education is disproportionately expensive.

Gov. DeWine said businesses and schools would make their own decisions on how to keep their customers, employees, and students safe, and he expected many businesses to continue to require social distancing and masks, as evident in other states.

Teens under the age of 17 who have been vaccinated will have the opportunity to sign up for a lottery, beginning May 18, that will last for five weeks. We will have further, specific details tomorrow and in the days ahead.

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DeWine said the June 2 date gives Ohioans enough time to either get the one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, or start the vaccination process with the Pfizer or Moderna shot.

"It's time to end the health orders", Gov. Mike DeWine announced in a live address Wednesday evening. It's been a year. "You followed the protocols, you've done what we asked you to do".

"I know that some of you are shaking your head and saying, 'That Mike DeWine, he's insane. Everyone can now control their own health-their own destiny".

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