Ohio has declared a state of emergency for six of its counties and the state’s governor declared a public health emergency.
What you need, if you’re planning on visiting Ohio or coming to the state for the holiday season, is to be prepared.
In addition to a number of travel restrictions and restrictions on interstate travel, a number have been issued, including a restriction on all flights from Columbus International Airport, which is on the east coast of the United States.
On Friday, a state judge ordered the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to remove a “No Fly Zone” around Columbus International airport, citing concerns over the “risk of civil unrest and other potential public health risks” caused by the area’s proximity to the Ohio River and nearby cities.
“Ohio’s public health and safety officials have made this determination because they have serious concerns about the risks to public health, safety and welfare posed by people in the area who travel in the vicinity of the airport,” the ODOT said in a statement.
The travel restrictions include:All airlines departing from Columbus Airport are prohibited from landing at any airport outside the zone.
All flights originating in the Ohio and the Ohio Valley region are prohibited between 12:00am and 6:00pm and between 6:30pm and 9:00 pm.
The airport also has a “no-fly zone” from 12:45am to 6:45pm.
A curfew has been imposed from 10:00 a.m. to 6pm on all major roads.
The curfew will apply to all non-essential Ohio State University, Ohio University-Columbus and Ohio University campus locations and is expected to be in effect for up to 24 hours.
Columbus International Airport was once the largest airport in the United State, serving a population of roughly 6.3 million.
Its current capacity is 4.7 million.
The “no fly zone” was established in 2016 to prevent people from entering the area and “to ensure public health” and “the safety of Ohio’s public safety personnel and the public,” according to the ODST.
The restrictions are effective from 12am to 5pm Friday, and extend to 6am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday.
“This is a time of great uncertainty for our state,” Governor John Kasich said in announcing the declaration.
“We are asking our state and our people to keep calm, be aware of our state, and be mindful of the health of our citizens and to be mindful that the people of Ohio have made a decision to stay home.”
Kasich said the state will be sending its health department a list of areas in the state where the curfew will be in place.
“We are very concerned about the safety of the people in those areas,” he said.
Kasikich said he has requested that ODOT staff “take all necessary precautions to ensure public safety and to minimize the risk of unrest, including the provision of food, water and other necessary supplies for the people who will be impacted by the restrictions.”
According to the Columbus Dispatch, the order was issued Friday by the Ohio State Health Department, which oversees the state Department of Health and Senior Services.
It will go into effect at 6am ET on Saturday, January 11.