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Tuesday, 17 November 2020 23:40

Gov. DeWine Places Ohioans Under 21-Day Curfew

Written by J.D. Davidson, The Center Square

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Nov. 17 placed Ohioans under a curfew, beginning Nov. 19, for 21 days in what he said is an effort to stop the rising spread of COVID-19.

DeWine, at his traditional bi-weekly news conference, made it a point to say he has no plans to shut down businesses or issue another stay-at-home order, but said the curfew will help bridge the gap between now and when a vaccine may be available.

 

“We are not looking at anything that drastic, but we know if we reduce the number of people we come in contact with every day, we reduce the chances of getting the virus, we reduce the chances of spreading the virus,” DeWine said. “We believe this is going to help. It’s going to reduce some of the contacts that are being made.”

 

There are exceptions to the curfew, according to DeWine. It does not apply to people going to or from work, getting groceries or a carryout meal, going to the hospital or in an emergency situation. Drive-thru and delivery retail business will be allowed to continue after 10 p.m.

DeWine said grocery stores and pharmacies will not be forced to close.

 

“We want people not to be out, but there are exceptions,” DeWine said. “We are going to try this for three weeks. We think we can accomplish a lot more with this rather than closing one or two business sectors.”

 

At the news conference, DeWine said retail establishments must close at 10 p.m. nightly, but offered little insight on enforcement. He did say violations are misdemeanors, punishable by up to a $750 fine.

 

“We do not expect law enforcement to go pull people over because they are out beyond 10 p.m.,” DeWine said. “We are not looking for a heavy hand here. We don’t want to put law enforcement in a tough position.”

 

Legislation before the Ohio Senate currently would stop any stay-at-home orders, and the Senate leadership is not prepared to pull those back.

 

“The Senate worked hard to make sure that there would not be a targeted shutdown of certain businesses,” said John Fortney, press secretary for the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus. “There are a number of bills pending...


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