No More Warnings in Columbus To Disperse Large Parties


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein says police officers will no longer be giving warnings to disperse large gatherings and parties, and instead will be automatically writing tickets in violation of the Governor's stay-at-home order.

Klein says police have received numerous complaints of large parties in the University District and at short-term rental properties across the city, and warnings are not working to deter the behavior.

Klein tells ABC-6, "To address this community-wide health emergency, we need community-wide compliance."

The order against gatherings of more than 10 people is still in effect, until at least May 1st, during the coronavirus pandemic. A violation of the order is a 2nd-degree misdemeanor, with punishment possible of a $750 fine, and 90-days in jail.