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Stay at Home Tonight Fact Sheet
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COVID-19 Fact Sheet 

Ohio Stay at Home Tonight Order

As the spread of COVID-19 remains high across the state, Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud has ordered Ohioans to stay home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., except for work or necessary food, medical care, or social services. The curfew extends through Jan. 30, 2021. On Jan. 26, Governor Mike DeWine announced a gradual easing of the curfew based upon hospitalization rates, which are a key indicator of disease severity. 

The following sliding scale based on steadily decreasing hospitalization numbers in Ohio will shorten curfew hours or end the curfew:

  • If hospitalization rates remain below 3,500 daily hospitalizations for 7 consecutive days, the curfew will be changed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for two weeks. 
  • If hospitalization rates remain below 3,000 daily hospitalizations for 7 consecutive days, the curfew will be changed from midnight to 5 a.m. for two weeks. 
  • If hospitalization rates remain below 2,500 daily hospitalizations for 7 consecutive days, the curfew will be eliminated. 
  • However, if the hospitalization number were to rise again, the appropriate curfew measures would be reinstated.

This curfew is intended to reduce COVID-19 spread, keep Ohioans safe, minimize the risk of major limitations or economic shutdowns, and reduce the impact on the healthcare and hospital system.

The curfew order:

  • Requires anyone residing in Ohio to stay at a place of residence between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Homes or residences include single family homes, apartments, condominiums, dormitory living units, hotels, motels, shared rental units, and shelters.
  • Does NOT mandate the closing of any businesses or services; however, restaurants are limited to pickup, carryout and/or delivery services between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Allows travel in and out of the state.

Populations exempt from the curfew include:

  • People who are homeless. If you are homeless, you are strongly encouraged to obtain shelter. Governmental and other entities are urged to make shelter available as soon as possible and to the maximum extent feasible, implementing COVID-19 risk mitigation practices.
  • People who are unsafe in their homes, including victims of domestic violence. If you are in an unsafe situation, you are urged to leave home and stay at a safe alternative location.

Activities exempt from the curfew include:

  • Religious observances.
  • First Amendment protected speech, including activity by the media.
  • The following essential activities:
    • Activities or tasks essential to the health and safety of oneself, family or other household members and pets, or people who are unable to/should not leave their homes. Examples include seeking emergency healthcare services, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, and taking care of a homebound friend.
    • Obtaining necessary supplies and services for oneself, family or other household members, or people who are unable to/should not leave their homes. Examples of necessary supplies include groceries and food, household products, supplies needed to work from home, and products needed to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of a residence.
      • Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., food and beverages may be obtained only for consumption off-premises, such as via delivery, drive-thru, curbside pickup, or carryout.
    • Obtaining necessary social services from any provider funded by the Ohio Department of Aging, Department of Developmental Disabilities, Department of Health, Department of Job and Family Services, Department of Medicaid, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Department of Veterans Services, Department of Youth Services or other organization providing services to the public.
      • Examples of such services include long-term care facilities; day care centers and day care homes; residential settings/shelters; transitional facilities; needed home-based services; field offices that provide/help determine eligibility for basic needs; developmental centers; adoption agencies; and businesses that provide services and necessities to those in need.
    • Working, including employment and volunteer work.
    • Taking care of and transporting family, friends, or pets in another household.
    • Performing or accessing government services.
    • Travel required by law enforcement or court order — including to transport children according to a custody agreement — or to obtain fuel.
  • Attendance at professional and amateur sports games that have national media contracts preventing the rescheduling of game start times.

Updated Jan. 26, 2021.

For additional information, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the COVID-19 CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.

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Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by taking these precautions.

  • Stay home except for work or other needs
  • Wear a face covering when going out
  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from others
  • Shop at non-peak hours.
  • Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect "high-touch" surfaces often
  • Don’t work when sick
  • Call before visiting your doctor

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)


High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

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