Statewide curfew extended, Gov. DeWine announces

Gov. DeWine updates Ohio's COVID-19 response

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Wednesday the statewide 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is being extended until Jan. 23.

The curfew order requires individuals to stay at a place of residence from 10 p.m. till 5 a.m., and retail establishments should be closed.

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The order does not apply to the homeless. Other exemptions include:

  • Obtaining necessary food, medical care, or social services or providing care for others;
  • Those whose residences are unsafe or become unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence;
  • Those engaging in religious observances and First Amendment-protected speech including media activity;
  • Getting gas;
  • Travel into or out of the state; and
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including to transport children according to a custody agreement.

[Read the full list of exemptions here]

The extension of the curfew, the governor says, is because it remains unclear “what effect the holidays may have on our hospitals and health care systems.”

Less than a week after the holidays, Ohio’s newly reported cases, deaths, and hospitalizations from COVID-19 are all above the 21-day average, according to the state’s data.

Gov. DeWine also announced on Wednesday new guidance for school when it comes to quarantining students.

“Prelim results from Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team found if students in class are masked and distanced, they did not have an increased risk of catching the virus from a nearby positive student,” the governor said.

Based on that data, Gov. DeWine says schools are no longer being recommended students, who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive student, be quarantined as long as masks were being worn and the exposure happened in the classroom.

Schools should continue to quarantine exposed students if masking and social distancing protocols were not being followed, he said.

The new recommendation is just another step to keep kids in the classroom, the governor said.

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