Ohio businesses hit with more than $250,000 in fines for health order violations

BY: - August 11, 2021

Thursday’s Lounge in Akron received a $25,000 fine in lieu of a liquor license revocation for violating health orders. Aftermath in Columbus got hit with a $20,000 fine in lieu of license revocation.  The Electric Co. in Mansfield received a $10,000 fine in lieu of a 21-day liquor license suspension, and Sky Mediterranian in Parma […]

What does Ohio’s COVID curfew accomplish? Not much, experts say

BY: - November 19, 2020

Starting Thursday, Ohioans will be breaking the law if they’re out past 10 p.m. unless they’re shopping for groceries, going to work, or meet other exemptions. The porous curfew, which Gov. Mike DeWine described Tuesday as an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, came after he walked back a plan that he announced last […]

Coronavirus is surging, and a bipartisan state Senate wants to lift the bar curfew

BY: - October 21, 2020

With a pandemic worsening at an accelerating clip, a bipartisan group of state Senators is trying to lift restrictions cutting off bar sales at 10 p.m. statewide. On July 31, the Ohio Liquor Control Commission — at the behest of Gov. Mike DeWine — issued an emergency rule prohibiting liquor permit holders from selling alcohol […]

‘Shocked and concerned:’ Trials begin this week for bars cited with COVID-19 violations

BY: - August 5, 2020

The evidence — photographs, video, and firsthand testimony — was damning, and the accused generally didn’t contest the allegations. If it weren’t for the new coronavirus infecting about 4.8 million Americans and counting, all the offense amounted to was a bunch of adults hanging out in a bar. “There were approximately 100 patrons inside,” said […]

Eyeing COVID-19 surge, governor seeks to close bars at 10 p.m. nightly

BY: - July 31, 2020

Just a day after a Franklin County judge halted a Columbus ordinance closing bars nightly at 10 p.m., Gov. Mike DeWine said he’s trying to impose the idea statewide. Researchers, analysts, health departments and media reports have connected COVID-19 outbreaks to bars and restaurants. However, the Ohio Restaurant Association, along with an attorney representing bars […]

Ohio bars, restaurants, breweries can now sell booze to go

BY: - April 7, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that bars, restaurants and breweries with an existing permit can now sell alcohol to go with carryout or delivery orders. In a release, DeWine said the Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed an emergency rule to allow establishments with an existing on-premises liquor permit to sell and deliver alcohol, including […]

DeWine to close restaurants and bars; 37 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio

BY: - March 15, 2020

Taking what he called a “drastic” step, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Sunday the closure of all bars and restaurants in Ohio indefinitely except for carry-out and delivery. The announcement marks the latest salvo in a series of escalating moves from the state to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio. State officials have closed schools […]