The state liquor board and Gov. Mike DeWine issued health orders in July that banned the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
“The businesses can stay open — but we believe that stopping alcohol sales at 10 p.m. for onsite consumption will help thin out the crowd and help slow the spread,” DeWine said at the time..
The rule requires consumption of alcohol to end by 11 p.m.
“The problem is, bars, by their nature, lend themselves to a revolving door of people in close contact, oftentimes indoors,” DeWine said. “Patrons either stay at one location, sometimes for hours or bar hop. Either way, they interact with many different people —especially the younger crowd.”
A total of seven restaurants were cited, the release said. BG’s Main Event in Rittman, The Electric Co. in Mansfield, Carney’s and Dreamers in Cleveland, Fusion in Toledo and the White House in Columbus were all cited.