Maybe you've heard about this thing called the coronavirus?
On Sunday, amid the growing threat of a mass coronavirus epidemic, Gov. Mike DeWine made his boldest move yet, ordering the closure of all bars and restaurants. Carry-out and delivery orders will still be allowed, and several business have already started to adjust, including breweries Seventh Son and Wolf's Ridge, both of which launched new beer delivery services. (Wolf's Ridge is charging a $3.99 delivery fee with each order, the entirety of which goes to staff members who will be working fewer shifts amid the closure.) As previously reported by Alive, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted also announced measures designed to help alleviate the financial burden this order will place on bar and restaurant owners and their employees, primarily through changes to Ohio’s unemployment law and state agency policies.
In what should have been an expected move, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced that it would temporarily close, as well. Previously, the zoo closed indoor exhibits while leaving outdoor exhibitions like the beloved Okapi open for visitors.
With mass gatherings currently banned, and many bars that host concerts temporarily closed (in addition to PromoWest venues, independent clubs such as Ace of Cups and Double Happiness have shuttered for the time being), musicians are starting to turn to live webstreams to reach fans, including Linda Trip, which moved its Friday concert from No Place to cyberspace, and Van Dale, which is performing full-album sets each Saturday over the coming weeks.
And, oh, hey, there's also a primary election set to take place in Ohio on Tuesday (for now, at least), and the Dispatch has your guide to voting in the age of coronavirus.