Gov. DeWine signs Liquor Control order mandating 10 p.m. last call

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — After an emergency meeting, the Ohio Liquor Control Commission has approved Governor Mike DeWine’s request for an order to stop the sale of alcohol at establishments starting at 10 p.m.

Now, the governor has signed an order making it official.

The commission voted 3-0 in favor of the rule.

DeWine announced the request Thursday during his daily coronavirus news conference.  

“We have to slow the spread of the virus, and we have to slow the spread across the state of Ohio,” DeWine said during his Thursday news conference.   

DeWine noted that establishments that have been selling alcoholic drinks in a carryout capacity can continue that practice and it will be expanded to three drinks. 

The order will allow patrons to order drinks prior to 10 p.m. and continue to drink at the establishment until 11 p.m. The rule would include all places that sale alcohol. 

Many bar and restaurant owners, as well as their employees, have expressed frustration with the order.

“Our bartenders aren’t going to be able to make as much money now,” said Jordan Helman, owner of High Bank Distillery. “Our servers aren’t going to be able to make as much money now. We’re going to lose revenue. There’s no two ways about it. We’re already down significantly compared to last year since COVID started. We’re down since the reopening compared to last year, and this is only going to continue to drive our revenues down because it’s a less amount of time that we can make money for our business and our staff can make money.”

So far, no appeals have been filed to challenge the order.

DeWine said once he signed the order, it would go into effect Friday night.  

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