Ohio Governor Mike DeWine wants to limit alcohol sales at bars and restaurants, in an effort to slow community spread of coronavirus.
Dewine announced this afternoon that he is requesting the Ohio Liquor Control Commission to call an emergency meeting tomorrow to consider a state-wide rule on alcohol service.
“This rule would prevent the sale of alcohol at all liquor-permitted establishments beginning at 10pm each night, with consumption of alcohol placed on the table must be completed by 11.”
Alcohol service would still be available with carryout service, and DeWine is recommending expanding that to three beverages per meal. If approved Dewine says the rule would go into effect Friday July 31st.
Columbus City Council passed similar legislation Monday. A judge ordered a 14-day injunction on the order, saying it singled out a particular class of business. But in his ruling, Judge Mark Serrot said his order could be overruled by the Governor.
The Ohio Department of Health reported the largest single-day increase of COVID-19. 1,733 cases were reported in the past 24-hours. there have be 89,626 cases of COVID-19 reported since the beginning of the pandemic.