COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 23, 2020) – Support local Ohio means more than just Ohioans spending their money with local businesses. It also means protecting employees at those businesses, fellow tourists, and their own friends and family as many begin to venture out this summer.
Ohio. Find It Here. recently released its latest 30-second commercial that encourages Ohioans to put safety first by washing their hands, wearing face masks and social distancing when visiting restaurants, retailers and tourist destinations. Many businesses have gone to great lengths to adapt new guidelines to protect customers. These include reducing capacity, providing personal protective equipment and sanitation stations and reconfiguring venues for social distancing.
"Ohio businesses have shown amazing strength by changing protocols to keep us safe," said Gov. Mike DeWine, "We are in this together Ohio, which means it’s up to all of us to wear a mask and follow safety guidelines so businesses can stay open, the economy can recover and jobs can come back."
Beginning Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m., a statewide mask mandate will go into effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties, an ordinance aimed at slowing the rate of COVID-19 cases across the state and protecting anyone living in or visiting Ohio.
A recent study from Longwoods International showed 60% of travelers prefer destinations that require face masks in public, with 35% reporting they will only visit destinations with mandatory face mask orders.
"Ohio was one of the first states in the country to use safety at the forefront of its integrated marketing campaign," said Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik. "We could not be prouder that we have taken this approach and hope Ohioans will quickly learn that when they put safety first, they will be able to continue making memories that last."
For more on how to safely support Ohio’s restaurants, retailers and attractions, visit Ohio.org.
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About Ohio. Find It Here. Operating within the state of Ohio’s Development Services Agency, Ohio. Find It Here. works to position Ohio as a destination of choice to enrich lives through authentic travel experiences. The Ohio. Find It Here. brand supports Ohio’s multibillion-dollar tourism industry. In 2019, the tourism industry captured a record-breaking $48 billion in visitor spending and welcomed 226 million visitors into and within the state. The industry also supported 431,000 Ohio jobs. For more information, visit Ohio.org.
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