Ben Asks a Question: When will pools, camps and other summer activities reopen in Ohio?

Posted at 7:14 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 19:14:36-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Retail stores and other services in Ohio are now set to begin reopening on May 12, with elective surgeries and general offices and other industries able to return to somewhat normal sooner.

With this step forward, however, many Ohio families are still unsure about their summer plans. WCPO has received a number of questions regarding summer camp and outdoor activities, and whether or not they will be able to take place this year. With this in mind, today I decided to ask Gov. Mike DeWine a question sent in by Ellie Kraft, who wants to know if her three sons will be able to go to summer camp and swim at their local pool this year.

Ben Asks a Question is a feature we started as a way to help give you a voice during Gov. Mike DeWine's daily press briefings. Since then, Ben has gotten hundreds of questions a day. If you'd like to ask a question, find us on Facebook and feel free to message us there, or send us an email at

DeWine said his administration is looking at all of their options but noted that we have to see how the first steps of reopening play out .

“We’ve certainly looked at about everything … And we have not really made a decision on that, and I wish we could,” said DeWine. “We’ve got to see how we do at this stage.”

DeWine continued to advise Ohioans in charge of summer activities to begin thinking about how to implement social distancing into their routines -- but that the state is not yet ready to decide about allowing activities such as summer camp to take place.

What I would advise anybody who runs a summer camp, or anything else, you know, start thinking through how you would be able to do the social distancing … We’re just not ready at this point to be able to make that decision.”

A rundown of business requirements upon reopening can be found here.