Columbus, OH– A new bill concerning the sale of alcohol has recently been passed by the Ohio House of Representatives. HB 674 would permit Ohio bars and restaurants to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.
Owners of these establishments would simply need to apply for a “J Permit” through the Ohio Division of Liquor Control and if granted would be able to extend their hours of operation till 4 a.m. The law would also create a new “K Permit” which would allow businesses to sell alcohol 24 hours a day, although residents in that particular community would need to vote on the matter first.
The law comes as myriad Ohio restaurants and bars are facing downward trends in sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers believe the extended hours could benefit those struggling businesses.
HB 674 will now head to the Ohio State Senate for review and a vote.