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Governor DeWine issues new guidelines for students exposed to COVID-19

Published: Dec. 30, 2020 at 4:12 PM EST
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OLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) - The Governor of Ohio announced a curfew extension.

He says the Ohio Department of Health is extending the 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. statewide curfew for another three weeks. It will last until January 23, 2021.

Governor Mike DeWine announced this during a press conference on Wednesday.

He says they are extending the curfew because they still don’t know how holidays will affect hospitals and health care systems.

The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from going to work, the pharmacy or getting groceries. Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery is allowed, but serving good and drink within an establishment must stop at 10:00 p.m.

Governor DeWine says earlier this year, the state pledged to look at the rate of COVID-19 transmission in schools. The prelim results from the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team found if students in class are masked/distanced, they did not have an increased risk of catching the virus from a nearby positive student.

He says schools should continue to quarantine exposed students if masking/distancing protocols were not followed. This doesn’t apply to after-school activities, including sports.

The governor also talked about the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund. He says more than 5,100 eligible on-premises liquor permit holders have not applied for state assistance through Ohio’s Bar & Restaurant Grant Program. Of the $38.7 million they originally set aside to support liquor permit holders, more than $12 million hasn’t been claimed.

Each active on-premises liquor permit is eligible for $2,500 per location. The money doesn’t need to be repaid. The funding isn’t competitive, according to Governor DeWine.

He says there are permits for movie theaters, bowling alleys, sports and concert venues and even hair salons are eligible for this if they have a liquor permit. Click here to apply.

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