City Repeals Bar and Restaurant Curfew
The 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants to curb the spread of COVID-19 has been repealed.
Restaurants and bars will be able to remain open and serve food after 10 p.m., however, a statewide ban on alcohol sales after 10 p.m signed by Governor Mike DeWine in July is still in effect. Restrictions on occupancy and compliance with mask-wearing and social distancing remain in effect as well.
“We are making solid progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community thanks to vigilant efforts made by residents,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther in a press release. “In our ongoing effort to balance the public’s safety with the economic impact of the pandemic on restaurants and bars, repealing the curfew makes good sense.”
“We have seen a decrease in COVID-19 cases over the past several weeks that we attribute to the restaurant and bar curfew in Columbus as well as the public’s adherence to other safety measures including mask wearing and social distancing,” said Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Columbus Health Commissioner.
Overall, daily counts of COVID-19 cases in Columbus have dropped by 37% since the curfew. Daily counts of COVID-19 cases among Columbus adults 21 and older have dropped 50% since the curfew went into effect.
For more information on COVID-19 in Columbus, visit columbus.gov/coronavirus.