COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine's office has confirmed to our sister station WBNS 10TV that Ohio's curfew will be shortened after a seventh straight day of COVID-19 hospitalizations below 3,500.
Starting Thursday, the statewide curfew will be in effect from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Subsequently, should Ohio manage to remain below 3,000 hospitalizations for seven straight days, its curfew will then be pushed back to 12 a.m. for a two-week period. After that, if Ohio can keep its hospitalizations under 2,500 for seven consecutive days, the curfew would be lifted altogether.
Gov. DeWine first announced Ohio's curfew on Nov. 17, 2020 amid speculation he might enact a business shutdown similar to the one the state experienced in the spring. The curfew requires businesses deemed "non-essential" to be closed between 10 p.m.-5 a.m. and for citizens, with some exceptions, to remain in their homes or place of residence during that time period.
The original order can be read here.