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Ohio's curfew will move to 11 p.m. after COVID-19 hospitalizations decline

The curfew could be eliminated if, over the next few weeks, hospitalization numbers in the state fall below 2,500 over seven days.

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.

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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.

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