Columbus Bars, Restaurants Ordered to Close at 10PM Nightly


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Beginning Tuesday night, all bars and restaurants in the city of Columbus must close at 10PM each day, per an order approved by Columbus City Council.

Mayor Andrew Ginther and Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Director of Columbus Public Health, say the order is necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus on the community.

The city of Columbus now has a positive testing rate of 13%, well above the state and national averages.

Establishments are able to still offer takeout services after 10PM.

A group of local bars and restaurants, meanwhile, is working on taking legal action against the order.

Jon Barker, President of the Ohio Restaurant Association, tells 610-WTVN's Joel Riley that the establishments are already heavily regulated, and even during the pandemic, are some of the cleanest places you can go, with even more standards in place.

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