Yesterday, Gov. DeWine announced that a statewide curfew will go into effect on Thursday, Nov. 19 starting at 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. and lasting for 21 days. To read the signed Stay At Home Order, click here. So, what does this mean for you and your business?
The curfew will not apply to those going to or from work, those who have an emergency or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to a pharmacy. Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery will be permitted, but serving food and drink in person must cease at 10 p.m.
The announcement yesterday followed last week’s update from Gov. DeWine where he hinted at further orders in an attempt to curb the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. At that time, he mentioned the possibility of closing restaurants, bars and fitness centers. It would appear at this point, that this was not included in his announcement yesterday.
Following Gov. DeWine’s announcement, President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber, Andrew Doehrel, along with President of the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, Eric Burkland, issued the following joint statement:
“We know coronavirus cases are surging, and our hospitals are expressing serious concern over increasing COVD-19 hospitalization trends. Our member businesses are also beginning to experience workforce challenges due to sick or quarantined workers. However, evidence indicates the spread is not occurring in workplaces, where employers have instituted a variety of effective health and safety precautions.”
“Shutting down our economy again, or even closing certain businesses altogether, is definitely not the solution. A temporary curfew may be the least disruptive option to our recovering economy that can be taken right now to give our health care providers necessary breathing room. All Ohioans must also take seriously their responsibility to help stop the spread.”
Additional details on the 21-day curfew order are forthcoming, and we will keep you apprised of any information pertinent to you and your business.