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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.


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

Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
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Republicans in the Ohio legislature have passed a controversial bill that bans communities from passing bans on containers like plastic bags or Styrofoam. Gov. Mike DeWine, who once opposed the idea, says he'll sign it into law.

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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.

Ah, fall, the season of pumpkins, falling leaves and crisp, cool breezes. But it's those cold winds that have restaurant and bar owners worriedly eyeing their calendars and seating arrangements.

A Sheetz convenience store in Mansfield, Penn.
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If you’ve been missing that perfect donut out of the glass case to go with your morning coffee, or the rollers full of hot dogs at gas stations, your wait should soon be over.

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

Adults who tested positive for the coronavirus were about twice as likely to have dined at a restaurant within a two-week period prior to becoming sick, according to a new study from Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

The study looked at 314 adults who had showed symptoms of COVID-19 and had sought testing at one of 11 facilities across 10 states in July. Of the participants, 154 tested positive for COVID-19, while 160 tested negative and served as a control group.

Ohioans receiving unemployment benefits can expect an additional $300 weekly starting mid-to-late September. The payments will be retroactive, going back to Aug. 1.

Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) President John Baker told ideastream those additional funds are “really a lifeline” for many restaurant employees, whose industry has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. 

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More than half of the state’s restaurant and bar owners say they’re concerned their businesses will permanently close within the next nine months, according to a survey released earlier this month by the Ohio Restaurant Association.

COVID-19 restrictions have already forced a number of Columbus eateries out of business, but others are finding creative ways to stay afloat.

Comune is a restaurant on Parsons Avenue in Columbus.
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The Ohio Restaurant Association hopes to raise $30,000 in the next month to help industry workers struggling to pay their bills during the ongoing pandemic.

Restaurants and businesses on Grandview Avenue on May 14, 2020.
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More than half of the state’s restaurants and bars could be out of business soon, according to a survey by the Ohio Restaurant Association. Owners of those establishments say the state's COVID-19 restrictions are hurting their businesses, and fear it will get worse.


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.

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.