Exceptions For Enforcing Ohio’s Coronavirus Curfew

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 20th, 2020

According to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine the 21-days curfew is given to assist in the reduction cases and stop the state’s hospitals from being swamped

According to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine the 21-days curfew is given to assist in the reduction cases and stop the state’s hospitals from being swamped. He is asking Ohioans to consolidate their movements such as combining shopping trips by doing at least one thing daily to reduce contact with others.

Amongst other things Ohio’s late-night curfew which began on Thursday with resoluteness to drastically slow the spread of coronavirus across the state.

As a result from 10:00 P.M. until 5:00 A.M., most businesses will be forced to close and Ohioans are asked to stay at home, unless it is absolutely necessary to stay out. Per none compliance, There are plenty of exceptions.

A major nagging question continues to be; who will enforce the governor’s curfew? Thusly, many state departments are grappling with this question. Meanwhile, some are anticipating they will answer the call for curfew violations, and while others are shirking their responsibilities.

However, on Thursday DeWine said; “We’re not looking for police to be out there pulling people over if they see them driving at night. We should assume they have a legitimate reason for being out. But if police see people congregated somewhere while the curfew is in effect, they can ask them to go home.”

In particular, some Cincinnati area law enforcement agencies are saying they will assist the governor in enforcing the curfew, notably the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Jim Neil said violators of the curfew will receive a verbal warning to comply with the order. Those who don’t comply after a verbal warning will be cited under 3701.352 Ohio Revised Code, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Answering all of your questions about Ohio’s 21-day curfew.

Sheriff Jim Neil continued to say, “My goal as sheriff is to keep my deputies and the general public safe,” a statement from Neil reads in part.

Most area law enforcement agencies have echoed the sheriff’s message, including officials with the Springdale Police Department.

Officer Keenan Riordan said enforcement is part of what the department does, although individuals should not expect a big show of force for curfew violations.

Also, Riordan had this to say; “We don’t mind if you call us if there’s a huge party going on or something like that. We will respond. We will talk to them, but I wouldn’t expect us to drag 40 people out in handcuffs.”

Meanwhile the outspoken Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones added, still there are other departments in the area who say they will not be enforcing such a mandate across the area.

Not every Ohioans is supportive of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine 21-days curfew. For example, The sheriff(s) have said it’s not law enforcement’s job to enforce coronavirus mandates across the state.

Referencing Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones speaking on “Fox and Friends” earlier this week had this to say; “I’m not going to be the mask police, the curfew police, the restaurant and bar police it’s all I can do to be the police.”

He added, “The American people have had it. I’m not going to enforce any of these edicts. The governor is a nice guy, I know him, but he doesn’t reach down and talk to us that are in the trenches.

Seemingly in support of Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, officials with neighboring Fairfield Police Department are saying they will not actively be enforcing the curfew either. Nonetheless, it must be understood, Fairfield Police Department is located in Butler County.

Apparently they are sending mixed messages when they continued to say; “We support the efforts of the Governor’s Office to manage this matter, however, it places an undue burden on the already stretched resources of our department. That said, we will not be actively looking for violations of the order,” a statement from the department reads.

Now! Here comes the Newtown police Chief Tom Synan echoed some of these sentiments, adding that the curfew’s numerous exemptions make enforcement a challenge. He added, however, that his department will enforce blatant violations.

It is believe that the 21-day curfew is given to assist in the reduction cases and stop the state’s hospitals from being swamped thusly protecting the public. With been said, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is doing an enormous job.

Author: Ishton W. Morton

Formerly, Ishton W. Morton is an educator and promoter for community advocacy which includes creating programs and services, developing partnerships, and changing public policies, laws, and practices to improve the lifestyle of all people I’m still having an overwhelming desire to provide an Outreach Continuing Education process through this media.