“We are, at this point, consulting our lawyers to see: Is it possible to carve out Cincinnati out of a statewide order?" said Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine.
This statement from the Governor coming on the heels of a letter penned by Cincinnati Police Chief, Eliot Isaac, to the Mayor of Cincinnati, John Cranley. Cranley then forwarded the letter to the Governor while echoing his concerns.
“All of our efforts to combat COVID-19 are in the pursuit of saving lives. We have no doubt that the 10 p.m. closures were imposed to save lives, but as we gather more evidence, we believe we should adjust accordingly. We believe that working with public establishments with the proper safety protocols is more likely to save more lives than shutting them down at 10 p.m. We know that the current shutdown rule is leading to more shootings; therefore, we should try something different.
“We respectfully ask that you no longer impose a closure requirement on restaurants and bars at 10 p.m. so people can gather safely, wear masks, and be subject to the safety offered by public establishments. Of course, we should always be willing to adjust these decisions as we gather more evidence as to what factors lead to less or more loss of life.” -Mayor John Cranley's letter to Governor DeWine.
DeWine left the bar and restaurant early closure decision to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission. The three-member commission passed the rule unanimously. Governor DeWine then signed the executive order immediately and since 10 p.m on July 31, bars and restaurants have been under the alcohol curfew order.
Two weeks after being in effect four people were killed and 19 were shot in a 24-hour period in the City of Cincinnati.
As of today, September 2, the City of Cincinnati has surpassed homicide totals in the city for the entire year of 2019. Chief Issac said multiple shootings and assaults are the "unintended consequences" from this order.
DeWine says state lawyers are looking into whether Cincinnati can be exempt from the order but added, they are skeptical of the legality. He also stated other cities in the state are not experiencing a crime uptick. Mayors in Dayton and Columbus have commended the Governor for the decision.