Residents split on 10 p.m. last call rule at bars, restaurants

Nikki Callicoat pours a draft beer behind the bar at O'Conner's Irish Pub Friday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Nikki Callicoat pours a draft beer behind the bar at O'Conner's Irish Pub Friday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Local residents on the Springfield News-Sun Facebook page are split on the Liquor Control Commission’s decision to approve a 10 p.m. last call rule for all Ohio bars and restaurants.

“It’s just dumb it’s going to hurt their business even more,” Travis Aker said. “I think the bars and restaurants have done a wonderful job of protecting their customers from the virus as much as they can.”

The new rule, that cleared the commission on a 3-0 vote on Friday, is designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Under the new measure, consumption of alcohol will end at 11 p.m. Businesses can stay open, but by cutting off alcohol sales at 10 p.m., DeWine said on Thursday he believes it will help thin out crowds and therefore slow the spread of the virus.

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Several residents on the News-Sun’s Facebook page said the 10 p.m. last call for drinks was “ridiculous.”

“This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard yet! A virus that tells time! Is it just waiting to attack you? What if I am with you, not drinking, will it only get you and not me????,” Kay Drummond said.

Emily Allsbrooks Rhoads added, “Warning to all. COVID comes out at 10.”

Other residents said they have decided to stay home and learn how to make their favorite drinks.

“It’s a great time to learn to make cocktails! Meijer has all the tools and glassware you need. Wine Works has all the spirits and mixers! Even if you buy top shelf booze it’s still 1/10th of the price! Treat yo self!,” Aaron Ardle said.

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Denise Green said, “Been at my home bar this entire time. No mask, no closing time and no COVID!”

Clark County Combined Health District Commissioner Charles Patterson explained that Gov. Mike Dewine is trying “very hard not to shut down the bars.”

“We have several outbreaks across the state that are specifically linked to bars and nightclubs and he’s trying to do the best he can to slow the spread of coronavirus,” Patterson said.

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