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The current COVID wave is affecting nearly everything in Ohio right now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Much of the attention in recent days has been focused on Ohio’s hospitals that have been overwhelmed because of COVID patients. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently called in more than 2,000 Ohio National Guard members to help in those facilities. But it’s not just Ohio hospitals that are struggling… Read More

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Ohio restaurant owners say they need government help with operating expenses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Just over half of Ohio’s restaurants are telling their main lobbying group they don’t think they’ll be able to break even this year. They said business has not fully rebounded to the levels they experienced prior to the pandemic and they are unsure when that might happen. The federal… Read More

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Restaurants Statewide Having Trouble Finding Enough Staff For Summer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s restaurant and bar owners say they expect business to pick up this summer. But they are worried about having enough employees to handle the business. Ohio Restaurant Association President John Barker said restaurant and bar owners are telling him they’re having a hard time trying to hire enough staff… Read More

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Ohio’s Restaurants Ask Congress For More Federal Aid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s restaurants and bars say Congress needs to get to work immediately to give them more federal dollars to offset the losses associated with the pandemic. The Ohio Restaurant Association’s John Barker said seven counties have stay at home advisories and that, along with statewide restrictions, are hurting his members…. Read More

A restaurant in downtown Cleveland with plexiglass dividers and heat lamps set up for outdoor dining.

Ohio Restaurant/Bar Group Pushes Back On Possibility DeWine Will Order Shutdown

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than a half a million people work in Ohio’s bar and restaurant industry, which is pushing back on an announcement from Gov. Mike DeWine in his statewide address Wednesday that he would consider shutting down those establishments next week if the state’s COVID-19 numbers don’t improve. Ohio Restaurant Association President and… Read More

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More Than Half Of The State’s Bars And Restaurants Could Be In Jeopardy Of Closing Soon

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than half of the state’s restaurants and bars could be out of business soon, according to a survey by the Ohio Restaurant Association. Owners of those establishments say the restrictions put on them because of COVID-19 are hurting their businesses. And they fear it will get worse. The… Read More

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Restaurants Can Now Serve Liquor With Carry Out Meals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio restaurants have not been able to serve mixed drinks and straight liquors since the state order that closed dine-in services took effect last month. Now, the state is making a change to its rules that will allow restaurants to serve those drinks along with take-out meals. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the… Read More