Patterson echoed DeWine’s comments.
“People get together and they may not social distance, they may not wear masks as often as they should and the more alcohol that flows, the later in the night that it gets, there are more opportunities for non-social distancing and non-mask wearing to occur,” Patterson said.
The decision hasn’t been without backlash. Cheryl Johnson and Deb Ricketts were discussing the new regulation at O’Conners Irish Pub in Springfield on Friday afternoon.
“I think Gov. DeWine is out of line on that. It should be up to the individual and the establishment,” Rickett said.
Johnson agreed with her and said every adult “should have the freedom to make their own decisions about ordering a drink.”
“How many people are going to sit at a restaurant if they can’t have a drink with it? It’s going to have a filtering down effect where it will affect the establishment you are at,” Johnson said.
Tim McFarland was also at O’Conners when he heard about the new regulation.
“It is what it is I guess. Do I think it’s right though? No,” McFarland said.
Clark County had 1,058 cases, 11 deaths and two probable deaths, of the coronavirus as of Friday afternoon, according to the Ohio Department of Health website.
As of Friday, ODH reported 91,159 confirmed cases, and 3,489 deaths, of the coronavirus in the state. The state saw 1,533 new cases from Thursday.
Facts & Figures:
10 p.m.: Time all Ohio bars and restaurants must stop serving alcohol at until further notice
1,058: Number of coronavirus cases in Clark County
13: Number of deaths in Clark County, including two probable
91,159: Number of coronavirus cases in Ohio