COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Governor Mike DeWine is offering a ray of hope for Ohio's bars and restaurants to have the state's COVID-19 curfew reduced, and ultimately lifted.
The curfew has been in place since November, and runs nightly from 10PM to 5AM.
On Tuesday, DeWine said if coronavirus hospitalizations in Ohio stay below 3,500 for seven consecutive days, the curfew would be pushed back to 11PM. As of Tuesday, that has happened for six straight days.
He added if hospitalizations drop below 3,000 for seven straight days, the curfew would be pushed back to midnight. That would then be implemented for two weeks.
Finally, if COVID-19 hospitalizations drop below 2,500 for seven consecutive days, the curfew would be lifted altogether.
Officials still warn of reinstituting the original curfew times if numbers get worse once those rollbacks happen.