What happens if you violate an order from the Director of Health?

Revised Code 3701.352 prohibits people from violating any rule or order issued “to prevent a threat to the public caused by a pandemic, epidemic, or bioterrorism event.” This section is usually used to enforce health department rules requiring persons to stop using septic systems and connect their home to a sanitary sewer. But the language is clear – an order issued to prevent a pandemic threat must be followed. So what happens in if you don’t?

Revised Code 3701.99 establishes penalties for violations and sets a violation of R.C. 3701.352 as a second degree misdemeanor. A second degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to a $750 fine and 90 days in jail.