The announcement from Columbus of an end date to 14-month old Covid19 health restrictions in Ohio was not a complete surprise, but the date for an end to the mandates Wednesday June 2nd was earlier than some expected and was later than others thought would be the case. In making the announcement during a news conference last night Governor Mike Dewine attributed the ability to end the restrictions imposed at the start of the pandemic on the number of Ohioans who’ve gotten vaccinated against the Coronavirus. He didn’t mention the political pressure that’s been applied on him by republicans in the Ohio General Assembly. Mandate opponents were reportedly ready to introduce a resolution to use legislation they had passed earlier to end the mandates in July at the latest. The governor is also no doubt aware that compliance with the health mandates is waning and that there aren’t and never have been enough health department regulators to enforce them. One important announcement form the news conference is that Ohio’s schools and businesses can decide on their own what they may require in the way of mask wearing, social distancing or other requirements once the mandates expire June 2nd. That will all become strictly volunteer after that date. That’s the way I see it.