COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editor's Note: The video in the player above aired on January 21, 2021
As expected, Governor Mike DeWine has announced that Ohio's statewide curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each night has been extended until January 30.
The curfew had been scheduled to end on January 23.
During his Thursday COVID-19 briefing, DeWine said the curfew would continue due to the continued high totals of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the state. He added that the numbers must come down before the curfew can be lifted, but did not provide an official timeline or date.
He said health officials are balancing to make sure people can make a living and not letting the virus get out of control.
"As Governor, I have to try to keep this virus down. At the same time, we're getting the vaccines out as quickly as we can," DeWine said.
The curfew, which started in November and has been extended before, does not apply to anyone going to and from work or someone in need of medical care. It is also not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to the pharmacy.
Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery is permitted under the curfew, but serving food and drink within a bar or restaurant must cease by 10 p.m.
The original order can be read here.
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- 3News Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins answers more of your COVID-19 vaccine questions
- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announces the purchase of two million at-home COVID-19 tests
Editor's Note: Gov. DeWine's COVID-19 briefing from January 21, 2021 can be seen in the player below: