PAULDING, Ohio (WFFT) - As COVID-19 spreads quickly throughout the country, new mandates are being put in place to help slow the spread of the virus and in Ohio, a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will be in effect starting Thursday, lasting for 21 days.
Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted says the curfew was the most impactful and least disruptive option they had, but a few small businesses who spoke with FOX 55 say it'll still cause them troubles.
In Antwerp, Oasis Bar & Grill employee James Young says normally, people would stay late, enjoy the food, have a few drinks, and he would make some extra money, but the health orders to limit the spread of COVID-19, including the new curfew, will cut into what he's able to take home.
"In a word, it's crippling, you know," Young said. "Any time I would be able to stay open or people would want to stay and have a few more drinks, spend a couple hundred more dollars and possibly I might make that much extra until 2 a.m., normally. With his new policy, he's basically...It's been unmanageable."
This is a problem for many small businesses and restaurants across Paulding County that stay open late.
At the FOE Club 2405 in Paulding, Trustee John Gutierrez says they normally stay open until midnight, and closing at ten will put a strain on the employees and their wallets.
Gutierrez says it will be "A combination of both, the money and the staff because by not working longer hours, the staff is losing money by not working...It'll slow things down because we normally don't close that early."
VFW Post 587 in Paulding says their revenue has already dropped by 50% during the pandemic and they “don’t know how long they can hold out.”
The order isn't intended to impact people doing things like going to get groceries, heading to the pharmacy, going to receive medical care, or getting take out from your local restaurant.
Which is part of the reason why Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers says his deputies won't really change how they’ve been enforcing mandates over the last several months.
"I think the order has so many holes in it and, really, various outs for people or options for people to travel and move about at those hours from ten to five that it's going to be very difficult for any law enforcement to enforce that order," Landers said.
Landers explained he believes most people are being responsible and says he intends to let people live their lives, but for people like Young, part of their livelihood is being impacted by the new orders.
"I love the work, I love the people in this town, so I just do what I do, carry on and hope things get better," Young adds.