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

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineBiden taps ex-consumer bureau chief to oversee student loans The Hill's Morning Report - Census winners and losers; House GOP huddles Ohio sets special election to replace retiring Rep. Steve Stivers 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 ToddSanders knocks James Carville: 'I don't think he's terribly relevant to what happens in Congress right now' Portman: Pre-K, community college not 'typically' a government responsibility Yellen: 'Safest' thing to do is make sure infrastructure plan is paid for 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.