Aggressive steps by Ohio’s Republican governor on the coronavirus outbreak are winning praise from Democrats and even business groups hurt by his decision to shut down the state’s bars and restaurantsBy JOHN SEEWER and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated PressMarch 17, 2020, 6:38 PM5 min readCOLUMBUS, Ohio — A week before Ohio recorded any coronavirus cases, Gov. Mike DeWine delivered his first warning, banning spectators from an international fitness and bodybuilding festival that brings in more than $50 million for the state’s largest city. Organizers of the annual Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus pushed back, and critics called DeWine an alarmist, but he didn’t budge. In the following week, he was the first governor to shut down schools statewide and also moved to keep fans away from the NCAA men’s basketball tournament first-round games in Ohio, along with NBA and NHL games in the state, before the organizations all canceled or postponed their seasons. His latest moves: ordering all bars and restaurants to stop serving dine-in customers and effectively shutting down the state’s presidential primary Tuesday by first going to the courts and then having the state’s health director declare a health emergency. Now the Republican’s early directives to restrict the movements


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