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Bartender Billy Search is behind the bar at The Little Bar while wearing a mask.
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Ohio State will kickoff its football season after a nearly two month delay on Saturday and while the university is asking fans to avoid gathering together to watch the game, local bars are hoping to see an influx of business.

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Oct 19, 2020
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A political battle is brewing over the mandatory 10 p.m. early last call at Ohio bars and restaurants.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine cited consecutive days of record-high COVID19 cases last week when he nixed plans to extend operating hours where alcohol is served. The Ohio Senate has responded with a measure that would repeal the governor’s curfew.

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The mandatory 10 p.m. shutdown of liquor sales at Ohio bars getting pushback from owners, customers and elected officials. But Gov. Mike DeWine says the curfew has to stay in place for now.

Restaurant owners, workers and their supporters gathered Thursday night outside Wings Sports Bar and Grille in Beavercreek to protest the COVID-related restrictions placed on their businesses. They met with State Senator Bob Hackett and State Representative Rick Perales to voice their concerns.

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Columbus City Council has voted to drop coronavirus-related restrictions on bars and restaurants, although state limitations remain in place.

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Bars throughout Ohio have been begging Gov. Mike DeWine to loosen the public health order that requires them to cut off sales at 10 p.m. DeWine on Tuesday signaled those rules might be relaxed soon.

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Columbus restaurants and bars are hoping Restaurant Week will help them bounce back as COVID-19 continues to hurt sales.

How Bars Are Fueling COVID-19 Outbreaks

Aug 18, 2020

From the early days of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, states have wrestled with the best course of action for the nation's imperiled bars and nightclubs. Many of these businesses find their economic prospects tied to a virus that preys on their industry's lifeblood — social gatherings in tight quarters.

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Over the weekend, the Ohio Investigative Unit cited several bars for violating the state's emergency COVID-19 rule banning the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m.

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A Franklin County judge denied a request from a group of Columbus bars and restaurants to block a temporary state ban on liquor sales after 10 p.m.

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Five Ohio bars were cited in the first weekend of the state’s new order banning alcohol sales past 10 p.m.

BrewDog in Franklinton offered carryout food when bars and restaurants were closed, but has since reopened for service.
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Bars and restaurants around Ohio will be pouring their last drinks at 10 p.m. on Friday, and they must close their doors an hour later as state officials try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The leader of the Ohio Restaurant Association says the move could come close to devastating bars and restaurants that depend on late-night business from alcohol sales.

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Citing a number of coronavirus outbreaks stemming from bars, Gov. Mike DeWine says he's asking Ohio Liquor Control Commission to consider an emergency rule prohibiting the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants after 10 p.m.

BrewDog in Franklinton offered carryout food when bars and restaurants were closed, but has since reopened for service.
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Story updated Tuesday, July 28 at 4:15 p.m.

A Franklin County judge has blocked a Columbus rule requiring bars, restaurants and nightclubs to close by 10 p.m. nightly.

Mayor Andrew Ginther tours the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
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Columbus leaders want to limit hours at bars and restaurants to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Columbus City Council will take up the measure Monday.

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