COLUMBUS, Ohio —
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has lifted the state’s overnight curfew amid improving conditions across the state.
The curfew will be officially lifted Thursday, the governor said, meaning Ohio businesses — particularly bars and restaurants — are permitted to resume normal hours of operation.
The curfew has been in place now for 84 days, implemented by the governor on Nov. 19 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The initial curfew called for Ohioans to stay home and businesses across the state to close from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. daily. Those hours had been softened in recent weeks, with the governor rolling the curfew back until 11 p.m. in late January.
The governor had laid out steps to eliminate Ohio’s curfew altogether, saying the state needed to see less than 2,500 hospitalizations for seven consecutive days. Those numbers came to fruition earlier this week.