This Governor Just Issued a Statewide Curfew
States from New Mexico to Massachusetts are increasing restrictions as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surge across America. The latest state to tighten up is Ohio, where Governor Mike DeWine just ordered a statewide curfew, which begins at 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 and ends Dec. 10. "Basically, we want people home by 10 o'clock," DeWine said. "We're not shutting down, we're slowing down." If you work late or work early, or need to get groceries, or walk the dog, or need to go to the hospital, it's permitted, and you won't get pulled over by police—DeWine hopes "common sense" will prevail. "We believe this will help reduce #COVID19 spread," he tweeted. Read on to hear why he felt this measure was necessary, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The Ohio Curfew Comes as More Than 3,500 People are Hospitalized
The announcement comes as hospitalizations increase. "Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said on Oct. 13, there were 1,000 people in Ohio hospitals with COVID-19," reports the local CBS station, Local 12. "On Nov. 5 that number doubled. A week later, the number was 3,000. As of Nov. 11, the number is 3,648. The Ohio Department of Health said there are 7,079 newly reported cases. The state's total is up to 312,443. Thirty deaths were reported bringing the total to 5,772."
DeWine hopes the curfew can stop people from socializing. He said you can visit a friend but "be home by 10 o'clock." Other restrictions had already gone into place to limit parties. "Despite the health order that limited mass gatherings to 10 people that was signed in April remaining in effect, we have seen rampant spread of the virus as a result of banquets, wedding receptions, and social gatherings following funerals," DeWine said. "We have seen great tragedy associated with such events. It's not the ceremonies causing the problem. It's the party afterward."
The Curfew Was Endorsed by the Restaurant Association and Others
"We believe the curfew is the best choice to slow things down right now," Ohio Restaurant Association president and CEO John Barker said during DeWine's Tuesday briefing.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce and Ohio Manufacturers' Association also endorsed the curfew.
"Shutting down our economy again, or even closing certain businesses altogether, is definitely not the solution," Ohio Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Andrew E. Doehrel and Ohio Manufacturers' Association President Eric Burkland said in a statement.
"A temporary curfew may be the least disruptive option to our recovering economy that can be taken right now to give our health care providers necessary breathing room."
How to Stay Safe During the Pandemic
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place until there's a vaccine available: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, stay outdoors more than indoors. "We have seen what happens when you don't do that by the very unfortunate experiences that have become very public now in the United States. I mean, that's proof positive," says Fauci. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.