In the end, two days before the “target” date Governor Mike DeWine set to review conditions for what might have been an order closing certain sectors of economic activity to try and stem the pandemic, the Governor moved in a slightly different direction.
Instead of a “shutdown,” a “slowdown” is being ordered, according to Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted.
The slowdown will come in the form of a curfew beginning this Thursday, November 19. During these curfew periods, which will begin at 10:00 PM each night and last until 5:00 AM the following morning, Ohioans are asked to stay indoors while businesses are asked to close their doors.
This curfew experiment will last for 21 days.
Exceptions do exist, including trips to obtain groceries and food from carryouts. There was no information given about enforcement other than to say that cars will not be stopped, although groups congregation may be questioned by law enforcement.
No discussion of penalties took place.
“We believe this is the best choice to slow things down,” said the Governor.
On Tuesday, the State of Ohio reported 7,079 new COVID-19 cases, as well as 368 hospital admissions, 37 admissions to intensive care units, and 30 new deaths. The 21 day average shows 5,224 new daily cases, meaning that the trend remains on the rise.
As of the posting of this story, no actual order language was posted on the State of Ohio Coronavirus page. When it is posted, we will include it.