Ohio Alcohol Sales Restricted As COVID-19 Cases Remain High

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has issued an executive order limiting alcohol sales in bars and restaurants to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. DeWine signed the order Friday, July 31, and it took effect the same day.


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Gov. Mike DeWine

The governor’s order bans alcohol sales after 10 p.m. and the consumption of any drinks purchased before then by 11 p.m. The order also boosts to three the number of alcoholic drinks that can be bought per takeout meal.

DeWine says the restriction is necessary because social distancing worsens late at night in establishments selling alcohol. Legal challenges of the governor’s statewide order are expected.

The order can be read in full here.