COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine extended the statewide curfew in order to slow the spread throughout the remainder of the year.
The curfew extension will run through Jan. 2, 2021.
The curfew remains in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the next 21 days.
DeWine said that he believes the curfew, as well as the mask mandate and enforcement across the state, have helped control the spread of the virus.
The curfew, when initially issued, was considered to be an efficient but less disruptive option to the economy while still mitigating COVID-19 spread enough to have a positive impact on the healthcare system in Ohio, which has been overwhelmed due to the surge in cases.
The governor issued variances for sporting events scheduled to be played during the restricted hours, including the Cleveland Browns Monday Night Football game on Monday, the Columbus Crew MLS championship game, the Bengals Monday Night Football game on Dec. 21 and the anticipation of the University of Cincinnati hosting a conference championship game.
Today, @OHdeptofhealth is extending the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in Ohio until Jan. 2, 2021. We believe the curfew, along with mask-wearing, have had an impact, and the next 21 days are extremely critical. We must all do everything we can to slow down the virus. pic.twitter.com/mKDlLt35uf— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) December 10, 2020
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