Gov. DeWine to potentially lay out new COVID-19 restrictions Thursday

Those new restrictions could include the closure of bars, restaurants and fitness centers.

Gov. Mike DeWine addressees Ohioans about a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases on November 11. (The Ohio Channel)

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine could potentially announce the closure of bars, restaurants and fitness centers on Thursday if COVID-19 cases continue to trend upward. DeWine said in a tweet that he doesn’t want to shutdown, he wants to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

“We’re not talking about shutting down, we’re talking about slowing down,” he said. “This is a very crucial time. We’re asking people to reduce their social interactions for the next few weeks. We’re seeing tremendous spread because people are letting their guard down around friends/family.”

With the possibility of multiple Ohio businesses being shut down, including gyms, gym owners, specifically Roshawn Jones of Soul City Boxing in Toledo, are worried that their bottom line could be destabilized or they would be forced to close permanently.

Sunday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced some of the toughest coronavirus restrictions in the country, after the state continued to report an increase in COVID-19 cases, as well as deaths.