Ohio Senate Proposal Would remove 10PM "Last Call" Order for Alcohol Sales


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A bill has been introduced in the Ohio Senate that would do away with the state's order to have bars and restaurants across the state stop serving alcohol at 10PM.

Senate President Larry Obhof is a co-sponsor of the bill, saying that the time set out in the order that was put into effect in July, is arbitrary.

Senator Nickie Antonio, a Democrat, is also supportive of the move.

Health officials put the "last call" order into effect to help stop the spread of COVID-19 at bars and restaurants. While alcohol sales stop at 10PM, drinks would have to be taken off the tables by 11PM.

If approved, the senate move would return liquor control rules to what's laid out in state law. Governor Mike DeWine indicated Thursday he is not supportive of the move yet.