Ottawa Revokes Order Requiring 10 p.m. Closing Time for Bars and Restaurants

You can stay later at bars, restaurants and gaming parlors  in Ottawa.  The city’s just-enacted emergency order requiring establishments holding certain liquor licenses to close by 10 p.m. has been revoked.  Mayor Dan Aussem made the announcement on Thursday.  The order went into effect earlier this month after a sharp rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ottawa.

In his news release the mayor says “The recent statistics for positive COVID-19 tests for the 61350 area code have decreased this week by 50% from the previous week of August 8th through August 14th.  Based on the reduction in positive cases, the recent order requiring all bars, restaurants, gaming parlors, clubs, and other entities to close at 10 p.m. is hereby revoked.  All restaurants, bars, gaming parlors, clubs, and all other entities with liquor licenses may resume their normal hours of operation on Friday.”

He goes on to say “Please be aware COVID-19 is still spreading throughout our community. It is important all businesses continue to ensure social distancing measures are maintained and to enforce the wearing of face coverings according to the IDPH and CDC guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19.”

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