Michigan joins Ohio in closing bars, restaurants to dine-in

Published: Mar. 15, 2020 at 3:26 PM EDT
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Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer is joining the actions taken by Ohio governor Mike DeWine, ordering the closure of all bars and restaurants to dine-in customers, effective 3 p.m. Monday.

That announcement was confirmed by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist on Twitter.

During a press conference on Sunday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered all bars and restaurants in the state of Ohio to close beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday. Carryout orders will be an exception to that order.

The governor said he was making this decision in an effort to curb the outbreak in the state and maintain a low level of infection. He also referenced the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday as a reason to limit the number of people congregating in these locations.

Recognizing that the large number of closings and restrictions would likely affect the city's working-class residents and small business owners, the governor, along with Lt. Gov. Husted announced a number of programs and expansions aimed at limiting those negative effects.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced an expansion of the state's unemployment benefits to assist those who will be affected by restrictions and quarantine due to the outbreak.

As of 2 p.m. Sunday, there were 37 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, including one in Lucas County.

You can watch the entire press conference below.

Gov. DeWine Press Conference

HAPPENING NOW: Gov. DeWine updates the public about the coronavirus response in Ohio. Current cases: 36, including one in Lucas County.

Posted by 13abc on Sunday, March 15, 2020