A statewide curfew begins Thursday in Ohio, closing businesses early and asking residents to stay home in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The curfew issued by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will run from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. from Nov. 19 and end on Dec. 10.
Under the curfew, businesses will be asked to close at 10 p.m. and not reopen until 5 a.m. the next day. There are exceptions, however, including pharmacies and groceries that sell essential items. Exceptions also include people going to work, getting takeout and getting emergency or medical care.
DeWine said the curfew will be loosely enforced, saying cars on the roads will not be pulled over, but individuals seen congregating after curfew hours may be approached by law enforcement officers.
Holiday shoppers have their doubts about whether this curfew will make a difference. “I’m not sure if it’s going to help 100%, but it will help,” shopper Lucia Riede said. Riede thinks something needs to be done to stop the upward trend in cases.
DeWine said he doesn’t want to impose any shut downs, but instead ask Ohioans to slow down and reduce their interactions with others.
The governor said he will reassess his options after 21 days.