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.

alcohol poured into a shot glass

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.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

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.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

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.

Greg Lehman is one of the owners of Watershed Distillery.
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This week, Watershed Kitchen and Bar announced it would remain closed for the rest of 2020, without ever having reopened following the state's shutdown of restaurants.

Laurie Granger is a manager and bartender at a cocktail bar in the Short North.
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Columbus was logging about 80 new cases of COVID-19 per day when bars and restaurants were ordered to close across the state. Lately, the numbers have been more than double that.

pints of beer
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A bill that would allow bars and restaurants to use parking lots, green space and even streets for social distancing for customers is now being considered by the Ohio Senate. 

Restaurants and businesses on Grandview Avenue on May 14, 2020.
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Ohio bars and restaurants finally got to let customers back inside their businesses Thursday, more than two months after closing to limit the spread of coronavirus. 

Standard Hall in the Short North was cited multiple times over the weekend for violating state health guidelines.
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In Columbus, nine bars and restaurants were cited for violating social distancing requirements after patios were allowed to reopen Friday.

Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
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As the state reopens, Gov. Mike DeWine insists, the success of the economy depends on whether Ohioans follow social distancing protocols.

Genti Koci, owner of OPA in Delaware, choose not to reopen for outdoor dining on Friday.
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As restaurants and bars that had been closed since March opened for outdoor dining this weekend, pictures of packed patios from some establishments around the state appeared to show operators and patrons ignoring social distancing protocols. In contrast, some restaurants didn’t open for service at all.

Gov. Mike DeWine gives his daily coronavirus briefing on April 1, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine says the state will do "whatever we have to do" to enforce social distancing measures if bars and restaurants fail to restrain crowds. His comments came Sunday after pictures of packed Columbus bars went viral on social media.

Shaun (left) and Molly Lentini in their masks at BrewDog in Franklinton.
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It wasn’t exactly patio weather in Columbus on Friday afternoon, but that didn’t stop restaurants from opening outdoor dining for the first time under Ohio's new guidelines.