Signs of ‘Normal’ Ohio Appear After Curfews Lifted

It’s been said many times before, but 2020 was an unprecedented year and the turmoil caused by COVID-19 isn’t over yet. Effects of the global pandemic have leaked into 2021, too. However, there are signs that life may be slowly returning to normal. Gov. Mike DeWine lifted the curfew on bars and restaurants last month.

This has had a massive impact on Ohio businesses. After seeing restaurants and bars permanently close their doors at an alarming rate, there is now change on the horizon. The curfew was last set at 11 p.m. before it was entirely removed. Foodservice industry-employees across the state have benefited from longer hours.

“It’s really made a difference for customers to have more time,” Jacob Prenger, a server at the Polaris Grill in Columbus, said. “We’re still keeping things safe, but it’s provided the opportunity for more people to enjoy dining with us.”

There’s also been a trickle-down effect for other businesses since restrictions have been lifted. According to employees from various liquor stores in Columbus, wholesale orders for establishments that serve alcohol have been significantly larger.

Medical professionals are reporting that as more people receive the COVID-19 vaccine, restrictions will continue to be lifted. There is still a long journey ahead, but things are looking brighter.

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