Cross Blasts Governor Over County Fair Closures; Credits Pressure for Changed Directive

Posted on June 1, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton signed new orders this past Friday extending social distancing guidelines and some closures until July 1.


83rd District Rep. Jon Cross took to social media to express his disagreement with the order, especially the section dealing with Entertainment and Recreation,  “Let me read this section of the order, ‘All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to; locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs.’ Fairs? fairs, What is going on Governor? You said that we can have county fairs, you’ve given guidance, and now your health director says we can’t have county fairs. We are certainly going to have words about that.”


Cross said he was beyond upset by what is going on, “This is ridiculous, this is uncalled for. We have one death in the 83rd District Governor, one death. Logan County has 30% unemployment, Hardin County has 22.5% unemployment, Hancock County has 17% unemployment. People have lost their jobs.Our economy is going in the tank, because of this s–t. These orders are ridiculous.”


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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine sent out a tweet on Saturday stating that county fairs can proceed if they follow certain guidelines.


That appears to be contrary to an order issued by Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, which stated that fairs can not take place until at least July 1.


State Rep. Jon Cross said he believes that some concerns that he raised in an attention getting live Facebook posting put some pressure on the Governor to make a clarification, “Not just me, but Friday night after my video, I was talking to many of my legislative colleagues that I know. Rep. Don Jones, I think he may have actually called the Governor. There’s been other representatives, I think have put a lot of pressure on him, so if it was intentional to put county fairs in there to shut it down, if it was a mistake, whatever it is, you don’t put out an official health document like that. Someone had to read that thing. Someone had to proof that thing, so mistake or not mistake, the good news is we put pressure on the Governor. Now they’re walking it back, and they’re now allowed to have county fairs.”


He spoke to the Ohio Ag Net reporters this morning.

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