Curfew imposed on Ohio casinos

The curfew will begin today.
The curfew will begin today.

Unlike other states in the US, Ohio has imposed its curfew on individuals rather than businesses themselves.

US.- Governor Mike DeWine has issued a three-week curfew which applies to casinos in Ohio in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19 after a spike in cases.

The curfew will begin today (Thursday) and means casinos will be required to close their doors from 10pm to 5am.

Gov. DeWine said: “We think we can accomplish, frankly, a lot more by having this curfew than by closing one or two business sectors. The order closes no business, although we understand some business may change their hours as a result of the curfew.”

Ohio’s curfew is imposed on citizens rather than businesses, however the state commented that it does “not expect” individuals to visit casinos between the stated hours.

Other states in the US have applied curfews to businesses. Earlier this month Massachusetts reduced the operating hours of casinos, along with other businesses such as gyms and theatres.

Coronavirus closures and restrictions have caused thousands across the US to lose their jobs. Boyd Gaming, which operates the Belterra Park Cincinnati in Ohio, announced in July that it would be laying off potentially thousands of employees.