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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.
David Holm / WOSU

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.
Courtesy of Watershed

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.
Ash Gerlach / Courtesy of Two Truths

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. 

Letha Pugh is the owner of Bake Me Happy, a gluten-free bakery in Merion Village.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Inside Bake Me Happy, Letha Pugh clears off a bench outside the kitchen where employees stir frosting and arrange cupcakes on platters. Once the pandemic started, Pugh says bakery lost all of its wholesale orders, which included shipments to large clients like Ohio State and Denison University.

Mike Kapeluck, left to right, Michael Cole, and Ashley Healy have lunch outside of the The Corner Alley during the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Cleveland.
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The owners of eight bars and restaurants in Northeast Ohio are suing Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton over rules put in place for restaurants to reopen following closure due to the coronavirus.

Restaurants and businesses on Grandview Avenue on May 14, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

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. 

Greg Lehman is one of the owners of Watershed Distillery.
Courtesy of Watershed

A new Ohio House bill would allow bars and restaurants to expand their seating and service into parking lots or public grounds. They’d also be able to sell alcohol for delivery through third-party services such as GrubHub or Doordash.

Craig and Teresa Dame at Pauls on Fifth.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Paul’s on Fifth in Grandview is normally packed for lunch. Instead, waitresses in masks lean on the diner’s cash register in between serving a half dozen or so tables of customers.

Petition collection clipboard
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss one court ruling that will allow the electronic collection of voter signatures for ballot issues, and another that lets gyms and fitness centers open up ahread of the state's schedule.

Grant Cassidy in Lindey's front dining room.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Lindey's is a German Village staple, but their Beck Street-facing dining room, all hardwood and red leather, looks a bit different than usual.

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.

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