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

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineOhio breaks record for single-day increase in COVID-19 cases Travel industry calls on Trump administration to prevent the need for quarantines by creating a testing plan Why isn't the Trump campaign airing TV ads in Ohio? 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 ToddNBC moves Texas to 'toss-up' in presidential race Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Outgoing Va. Republican: Two-party system is failing Americans 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.