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.

Cases: 749097

Reported Deaths: 13745
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1030271775
Lake554211006
Allen41613691
St. Joseph36933564
Hamilton36505416
Elkhart29347459
Tippecanoe22849225
Vanderburgh22540400
Porter19313325
Johnson18386387
Hendricks17583317
Clark13190193
Madison13111344
Vigo12602253
LaPorte12385221
Monroe12152175
Delaware10947197
Howard10250225
Kosciusko9609119
Hancock8541144
Bartholomew8158157
Warrick7854156
Floyd7763180
Grant7227179
Wayne7154201
Boone6911103
Morgan6735141
Dubois6211118
Marshall6205116
Cass5989108
Henry5893108
Dearborn588878
Noble579786
Jackson508374
Shelby500697
Lawrence4727121
Gibson444093
Harrison440473
Clinton439855
DeKalb438585
Montgomery433890
Whitley405642
Huntington402181
Steuben398659
Miami392568
Jasper386254
Knox375690
Putnam371860
Wabash360583
Ripley346470
Adams344955
Jefferson335685
White329753
Daviess3028100
Wells294881
Decatur289992
Greene286385
Fayette284664
Posey273735
LaGrange272872
Scott269855
Clay265448
Randolph244683
Washington244534
Jennings235149
Spencer234131
Starke227558
Fountain218347
Sullivan213943
Owen210858
Fulton201542
Jay200832
Carroll193420
Orange188055
Perry186937
Rush175626
Vermillion173544
Franklin170135
Tipton165746
Parke148916
Pike137934
Blackford136032
Pulaski120047
Newton112636
Brown103943
Crawford102316
Benton100814
Martin91415
Warren83515
Switzerland8098
Union72810
Ohio57811
Unassigned0421

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1106796

Reported Deaths: 20091
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1284601459
Cuyahoga1155792204
Hamilton812751245
Montgomery524631040
Summit48327999
Lucas43289817
Butler38886603
Stark33275929
Lorain25631502
Warren24554303
Mahoning22327601
Lake21133385
Clermont20095252
Delaware18815135
Licking16643222
Fairfield16552204
Trumbull16520479
Medina15592270
Greene15246246
Clark14216306
Wood13276197
Portage13226214
Allen11904239
Richland11596211
Miami10832223
Wayne9112222
Columbiana9016230
Muskingum8889135
Pickaway8646122
Marion8633138
Tuscarawas8633247
Erie8049164
Ashtabula7136179
Hancock6995131
Ross6932161
Geauga6831150
Scioto6525104
Belmont6148174
Union583549
Lawrence5722102
Jefferson5669158
Huron5539122
Sandusky5433125
Darke5414129
Seneca5342126
Washington5307109
Athens523360
Auglaize501587
Mercer487385
Shelby476195
Knox4567112
Madison443665
Ashland435097
Putnam4333103
Fulton431871
Defiance431798
Crawford4031110
Brown401861
Logan387177
Preble3847103
Clinton378166
Ottawa372581
Highland359165
Williams347578
Champaign343558
Guernsey324153
Jackson317254
Perry297150
Morrow291240
Fayette285450
Hardin274865
Henry273267
Holmes2697101
Coshocton268359
Van Wert247264
Adams242856
Pike242735
Gallia240450
Wyandot234556
Hocking220062
Carroll196648
Paulding176342
Meigs148240
Monroe136144
Noble135739
Harrison113638
Morgan109624
Vinton85417
Unassigned03
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