DeWine applauds move to close bars, restaurants at 10 p.m., hints statewide changes may be announced this week


COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Gov. Mike DeWine applauded Columbus’ decision to close bars and restaurants to in-person dining at 10 p.m. while hinting that there may be more state-level mandates for those facilities coming later this week.

Columbus City Council approved an ordinance Monday night requiring bars and restaurants to stop in-person service at 10 p.m. every night.

A temporary restraining order preventing enforcement of that ordinance was granted Tuesday by a Franklin County judge.

“I’ve talked with Mayor (Andrew) Ginther over the last week about that decision,” DeWine said. “I applaud that decision. I think it’s the right decision. We’ll have additional discussion about this on Thursday about bars.”

A group of restaurants and bars filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Columbus for the ordinance forcing them to close at 10 p.m.

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