Mar. 22, 2020
All the important updates you need to know as an Ohio Liquor partner.
Stay at Home Order
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, today announced that Ohio will be under a "Stay at Home" order to slow the community spread of COVID-19.
The order will go into effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, unless the order is rescinded or modified.
Exempted from this order are stores that sell alcoholic beverages. You can find the full order
, and the specific reference to stores that sell alcoholic beverages on page 5 under section 12(b).
This means Contract Liquor Agencies may stay open under the order. Ohio Liquor is, however, allowing Agencies to alter hours because of staffing limitations due to parental obligations regarding school closures or employee illness.
Agencies should contact the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) to detail the days and hours that will be altered. OHLQ will allow the hour of operation changes with proper notification to the LESC until further notice and will notify Agencies when the hourly contractual obligation must again be met.
OHLQ remains committed to ensuring business operations remain as close to normal as possible, while keeping safety at the forefront. Any changes to operations will be communicated to our partners as soon as possible.
Businesses and employers are encouraged to call ODH's hotline with questions regarding COVID-19. You can reach them at 833-4ASKODH (833-427-5634). You can also visit
for more information.