The Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed an emergency rule Friday morning banning the sale of alcohol past 10 p.m. at Ohio bars and restaurants.
The rule was passed following a request from Gov. Mike DeWine to impose the restriction statewide in response to a surge of COVID-19 cases.
Researchers, analysts, health departments and media reports have connected COVID-19 outbreaks to bars and restaurants.
Gov. DeWine said he intends to issue an order formalizing the rule Friday night. The rule will block the sale of alcohol at all liquor-permitted establishments beginning at 10 p.m. each night. Consumption of alcohol must end by 11 p.m. in these establishments, the rule states.
DeWine said while most bars are complying with the state’s orders and enforcing social distancing and other measures, some are not. Cases have been traced back to bars and restaurants in Toledo, Cleveland, and Columbus, he said.
Ohio reported its highest daily total of new coronavirus cases ever on Thursday, with 1,733 new confirmed and probable cases.
Statewide as of Thursday afternoon, there are 89,626 total cases of COVID-19. A total of 3,442 deaths in Ohio have been deemed as coronavirus related, with 10,678 total hospitalizations and 2,534 admissions to intensive care units as of Thursday.