COLUMBUS, Ohio — In House chambers in Columbus, at a drag strip near Cincinnati and in a Dollar General store in Ashland, Ohioans are defying the governor and health director’s admonitions to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus.
West of Cambridge along U.S. 40, Vicki Brearley has kept her National Road Diner open — attracting visitors from all over Ohio — despite multiple visits from the county sheriff’s and health departments.
“I believe it’s my constitutional right to open my business now,” she says, even though Gov. Mike DeWine and Health Director Dr. Amy Acton declared that dine-in restaurants can’t reopen until May 21.
In Orrville, in northeastern Ohio’s Wayne County, the “Playground Patriots” gathered at a local park last weekend and allowed their children to use the playground equipment closed to prevent spreading the virus. Organizers distributed a flier via Facebook saying, “We are done giving up freedoms,