Ohio governor: ‘have fun, but keep that distance’ at bars

Police officers and health investigators will be making safety checks as part of beefed up enforcement teams, Gov. Mike DeWine said.

Posted: May 18, 2020 4:43 PM
Updated: May 18, 2020 5:07 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will begin cracking down on social distancing at bars after photos showed plenty of customers standing and drinking on crowded patios during the first weekend restaurants and taverns were allowed to reopen, Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday.

Police officers and health investigators will be making safety checks as part of beefed up enforcement teams, the governor said.

Bar owners could wind up in court or lose their liquor licenses if they don’t take steps to control their customers, DeWine warned.

Some places were “totally out of hand” with a lack of social distancing, he said.

“Have fun, but keep that distance,” DeWine said.

Health departments, including those in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, investigated several complaints at crowded bars and restaurants over the weekend.

Friday was the first day that establishments were allowed to resume outdoor dining and drinking while inside service can resume Thursday.

Among the rules are that customers must be seated when eating or drinking and there must be spacing between tables either by a barrier or 6 feet of distance.

That includes not allowing people to stand around a bar or patio, DeWine said.

The Ohio Restaurant Association wrote in an email to members Saturday evening that there were concerns about reports of establishments not following the governor’s guidelines.

It also said it’s likely “these are isolated incidents and not reflective of our industry’s overall positive response to reopening safely.”

Here are the latest coronavirus-related developments in Ohio:

VETERANS HOME

Increased monitoring at Ohio’s two veterans homes has found 23 residents and three staff members at the Sandusky location have tested positive for the virus, DeWine said.

No one has tested positive at the veterans home in Georgetown.

The state decided to check all 500 residents at both locations after a handful of positive tests came back last week, the governor said.

So far, the state has received the results for about half those, he said.

BARBERSHOP INVESTIGATION

Health officials in Toledo have started an investigation after learning a person with a confirmed case of the coronavirus was at a barbershop on Friday, the first day Ohio’s beauty salons and barbershops were allowed to reopen.

Officials with The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department said Monday that they want to talk with anyone who was at Bob’s Barber Shop in Curtice on Friday.

LATEST CASES

The number of confirmed and probable deaths associated with the coronavirus in Ohio has reached 1,657, state health officials said Monday.

The Ohio Department of Health also said that 32 new deaths were reported in the past day and that overall there have been a total of 5,000 hospitalizations.

Health officials said there were now more than 28,000 cases considered either confirmed or probable.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks.

Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

PRISONS

A nurse who worked for the prison system at its Correctional Reception Center in central Ohio died Sunday, becoming the third department employee to die from the virus, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Meanwhile, the prison system is reducing widespread testing in favor of testing inmates who show signs of COVID-19.

The approach follows the advice of state health officials who say that the focus should be on treatment once there are widespread number of positive tests, said prisons director Annette Chambers-Smith

Four inmates housed at three Ohio prisons — Marion, Richland, and Allen correctional institutions — have filed a federal lawsuit to enforce social distancing, get access to cleaning supplies and increase the number of inmates being released.

More than 4,500 inmates have tested positive and 62 have died at seven institutions.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 117450

Reported Deaths: 3580
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion21403766
Lake10618323
Elkhart6667111
St. Joseph6576110
Allen6292203
Hamilton4909109
Vanderburgh371931
Hendricks2747123
Monroe262736
Tippecanoe252313
Johnson2338124
Clark223657
Porter217647
Delaware198562
Cass19549
Vigo184327
Madison168975
LaPorte147441
Floyd138963
Warrick134440
Howard131863
Kosciusko124817
Bartholomew117957
Marshall101224
Dubois99119
Boone98646
Grant93334
Hancock93243
Noble92532
Henry80926
Jackson7689
Wayne76814
Morgan72938
Daviess67728
Shelby67729
Dearborn66528
LaGrange63911
Clinton60914
Harrison58724
Putnam58112
Gibson5305
Knox5259
Lawrence51529
Montgomery51121
DeKalb48711
White48614
Decatur45839
Miami4383
Greene42735
Fayette42313
Jasper3992
Steuben3877
Scott38111
Posey3400
Sullivan33812
Jennings31612
Franklin31125
Ripley3038
Clay3025
Orange28824
Whitley2796
Carroll27713
Adams2743
Wabash2718
Washington2691
Starke2677
Wells2654
Spencer2593
Jefferson2483
Huntington2453
Fulton2412
Tipton22822
Perry22113
Randolph2207
Jay1880
Newton17311
Owen1711
Martin1680
Pike1621
Rush1574
Vermillion1300
Fountain1282
Blackford1203
Pulaski1131
Crawford1080
Brown1043
Parke1032
Benton870
Ohio797
Union790
Switzerland690
Warren401
Unassigned0226

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 150809

Reported Deaths: 4741
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin26961607
Cuyahoga17490656
Hamilton13191315
Montgomery7883163
Lucas7322364
Butler6040111
Summit5332252
Marion310347
Warren309649
Mahoning3073281
Stark2883175
Pickaway267844
Lorain231786
Delaware228120
Fairfield211853
Licking193663
Columbiana193280
Wood190272
Trumbull1896132
Clark181040
Clermont173123
Lake163851
Medina147539
Greene146533
Miami145451
Allen144169
Portage115566
Mercer113218
Erie94647
Tuscarawas93620
Wayne93668
Richland90319
Ross89024
Madison83012
Darke80442
Geauga72349
Belmont72227
Hancock71210
Athens7072
Ashtabula65948
Lawrence65922
Shelby64910
Auglaize6089
Putnam60823
Sandusky57720
Huron5517
Union5452
Scioto5117
Seneca48514
Ottawa46930
Preble44015
Muskingum4213
Holmes3909
Jefferson3364
Defiance32511
Henry31814
Logan3123
Champaign3083
Clinton29913
Perry2989
Brown2902
Knox28615
Jackson2636
Morrow2612
Washington26123
Hardin25613
Fulton2461
Crawford2446
Ashland2424
Coshocton23411
Fayette2326
Highland2303
Williams2133
Wyandot21312
Pike2000
Gallia19113
Meigs17610
Guernsey1708
Hocking1669
Carroll1527
Adams1354
Van Wert1233
Monroe11018
Paulding1100
Harrison643
Morgan490
Vinton473
Noble330
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