- No shutdown just a slowdown
- Does not apply to those who need to be at work
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced a statewide curfew from 10pm to 5am for 21days beginning from Thursday, November 19, 2020 to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
This is the second time Governor DeWine will take this action to stem the spread of the coronavirus and also in response to the hospitals being overrun in the state.
“We are issuing a curfew in Ohio that will start Thursday. This will run from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for 21 days,” said Governor Mike DeWine during his weekly briefing on covid19.
“We believe this will help reduce COVID19 spread. I’m also asking each Ohioan every day to do at least one thing that reduces your contact with others.”
“The curfew does not apply to those who need to be at work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries, a carry-out/drive-thru meal, or delivery. A lot of this is common sense.”
According to him, “we are in this together. Each one of us will make a difference. If we can cut down contacts by 20-25 percent, this will make a difference. Paired with mask-wearing, this will go a long way from stopping our hospitals from being overrun.”
“The number of cases is going up much more dramatically than testing.”
Also, Lt Governor Jon Husted added that “this is a complex problem. How do we reduce the spread of the virus and not overwhelm our hospitals, keep businesses open, save jobs, educate kids, and more?”
“Doing nothing is not an option. Personal responsibility and accountability. Shared responsibility. We don’t need to shut down, but we do need to slow down.”
Last week, Governor Mike DeWine announced one week of monitoring the activities of restaurants, bars and fitness centers to decide whether they continued to stay open or be closed.
“If the current trend continues and cases keep increasing, we will be forced to close restaurants, bars, and fitness centers. We will look at this one week from tomorrow,” said Governor Mike DeWine.
“Throughout history, each generation has faced challenges. Americans have been asked to lay down their lives so that our nation might live. Today, we all must do something far less dramatic – wear a mask so that your friends, neighbors, and family members might live”.
“I am very well aware of the burden this will place on employees and the owners. But these are places where it is difficult or impossible to maintain mask-wearing, which we know now is the chief way of slowing this virus.”
“It is essential that we also remember the existing orders that are already in place to slow the spread of the virus. In April, we issued an order to limit gatherings of more than 10 people. That limit is still in effect and applies to public events and private gatherings.”