Ohio Lawmakers Seek to Repeal Bar Curfew
Ohio bars and restaurants have been hurting financially since government-mandated shutdown orders related to COVID-19. Although bars and restaurants have been allowed to operate at reduced capacity for months, many in the industry say the 10pm curfew rule has adversely impacted the industry more than any other restriction imposed.
For many bars, peak alcohol sales occur after 10pm. Closing bars at 10pm has been crippling for the industry so far, and will only be worse as cold weather rolls in and patios are no longer viable ways to stay afloat financially.
According to a recent survey by the Ohio Restaurant Association, the majority of Ohio restaurants expect to permanently close in the near future unless current government restrictions change. Over 80% expect to lose money overall for 2020. It is important to note, that as governments have repealed restrictions, patrons have generally been eager to visit and support these businesses.
It is not an exaggeration to say that the hospitality industry in Ohio and nationwide is in a state of crisis. In response to this harsh reality, Ohio state senators have introduced legislation to repeal the 10pm curfew on alcohol sales to midnight. It was not immediately clear when a vote could be taken on the bill but the industry is generally optimistic for this development.