Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 18th, 2020
Although Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has been coming under fire, on Tuesday November 17th, 2020 he announced implementing a late-night curfew across the state in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Reportedly, the governor said the late-night curfew will be scheduled from 10:00 P.M. until 5:00 A.M., wherewith Ohioans are asked to stay home across the state.
Also, businesses across will be asked to close their doors to customers. Conversely, carryout and delivery options may remain open.
Accordingly, this curfew will go into effect on Thursday, November 19th, 2020 and continue for approximately 21 days.
As a general rule Governor Mike DeWine is very meticulous in what he does. However, if Ohioans across the state are asked to stay home; what quality of customers/business will be available to businesses across the state that will be depending on options to remain open, carryout and delivery. This component of his presupposition seems somewhat confusing or nebulous.
Nonetheless, DeWine believes these measures are needed to reduce cases and stop the state’s hospitals from being swamped. The curfew, paired with increased mask-wearing, could help cut contacts between people by approximately 20% to 25 percent.
Subsequently, the governor submitted to several exceptions, adding that they does not apply to those who need to be at work, those who have an emergency or those in need of medical care.
He continued to say, individuals are permitted to pick up groceries or carryout meals.
The governor followed after the same continuum saying, “We believe this will help reduce COVID-19 spread. Also, I’m asking each Ohioan every day to do at least one thing that reduces your contact with other. Each one of us will make a difference. If we can cut down contacts by 20-25% this will make a difference. Paired with mask-wearing, this will go a long way from stopping our hospitals from being swamped.”
Pursuant to previous curfew the governor was extremely careful in saying how they would be enforced. Referencing this curfew he did not say how it will be enforced. Also, he added cars on the roads will not be pulled over, but individuals seen congregating after curfew hours may be approached by law enforcement officers.
Moreover, the governor had previously contemplated the closure of certain business sectors particularly bars, restaurants and fitness studios as the spread of the coronavirus worsens across the state.
Additionally, the governor stated a statewide curfew will be the best option for all businesses across the state, adding that he hopes this will prevent a complete closure of any businesses.
DeWine had this to say; “We believe this is the best choice to slow things down. We’re going to try this for 21 days.”
Subsequent to a statewide address last week, DeWine pleaded with Ohioans to take personal responsibility for the virus’ continuous spread throughout the state’s 88 counties by doing a better job wearing masks and avoiding large gatherings.
Nonetheless, the governor really believes, that only time will tell if this will prevent additional business closures or shutdowns in the future, adding he will reassess his options after the 21 days has evaporated.
He added; “No one can predict the future. I do feel we have it in our power to keep our children in school, keep people in nursing homes safe and keep our hospitals”