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 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.
Ohio restaurants have not been able to serve mixed drinks and straight liquor since the state put a stop to in-person dining last month. Now, the state is making a change to its rules that will allow restaurants to serve those drinks along with take-out meals.
Many food establishments are facing tough choices as they approach the third week of Ohio's shutdown of bars and dine-in restaurants. In the Columbus area, some are offering carryout service to keep their business alive, while others are laying off all their employees.
11:00 Groups in favor of turning Cooper Stadium into a racetrack say theÂ installation of sound barriers will reduce the noise levels around the proposed auto racetrack, but several residents and businesses nearby are concerned. Because of that issue of noise, both sides have commissioned noise studiesâwith conflicting results. We'll talk with a noise compliance expert that conducted one of the independent studies to analyze this situation at Cooper Stadium. Guest: