Gov. Mike DeWine made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.
Amid surging cases of the novel coronavirus throughout the region, Governor Mike DeWine has issued a statewide curfew from 10 pm to 5 am, nightly for the next 21 days.
DeWine has recently stressed the worsening conditions in Ohio in regards to rising case numbers throughout the state. Last week, the governor reinstated the statewide mask order: “We are now at the most crucial phase of this pandemic; we are in the midst of the third wave,” he said in a press conference.
On Tuesday, DeWine announced that the state would be taking further precautions to curb escalating cases.
“We are issuing a curfew in Ohio that will start Thursday,” the governor wrote in a Twitter post on Tuesday. “We believe this will help reduce #COVID19 spread. I’m also asking each Ohioan every day to do at least one thing that reduces your contact with others.”
At the time of his announcement, DeWine cited certain numeral data provided by the Ohio Department of Health, which revealed the surging number of cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths related to COVID-19 in the the last 24 hours compared to the previous 21-day average. In each category, the number is notably greater than the past 21-day average.
“We believe the curfew will help, but we’re asking everyone to pull back from their personal contacts with others. What you do in your individual lives is so important. Wear a mask, keep distance, go out less, get carryout. This will help during this time of crisis,” DeWine wrote in a separate Twitter post.
DeWine also noted that the curfew is more of a common sense regulation, with notable exceptions including those working, in need an emergency, or in need of medical attention.
“The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries, a carry-out/drive-thru meal, or delivery. A lot of this is common sense.”