Ohio governor 'looking at' closing bars, restaurants amid coronavirus outbreak

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineOhio Supreme Court strikes down GOP-drawn congressional map Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Russia have face-to-face sit down States turning to National Guard for COVID-19 help as omicron surges MORE (R) suggested Sunday he would consider closing down bars and restaurants to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

"We're certainly look at that," DeWine responded when NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddFulton County DA requests special grand jury in Trump election investigation The Memo: Is Trump the GOP's future or in rearview mirror? Carville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' MORE asked the governor if he would close bars and restaurants across Ohio. 


Ohio is one of several states that have closed schools down for a few weeks. The state has also limited gatherings to 100 people and restricted access to nursing home sand prisons. 

"All the people I've been consulting … they say every day counts so much, you cannot wait. You've got to move very, very quickly," DeWine said. "These are tough decisions. We are inconveniencing people, it's making people's lives change, but we've got to save lives. Everything we're doing is to save lives." 

DeWine also said Sunday, in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," the state-wide school shutdowns may stretch into the rest of the year as the state grapples with the global pandemic.