Statewide Curfew Begins Tomorrow
Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced that a statewide curfew will be in place starting tomorrow, Nov. 19, through Dec. 10. The curfew is aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, which has reached record levels in Ohio, by reducing the number of person-to-person contacts.
During the 21-day curfew, most retail establishments will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day, and residents are expected to stay at home and be off the streets.
The curfew does not apply to those going to or from work, those who have an emergency or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to a pharmacy. Picking up a carryout or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery is permitted, but any establishment that serves food and drink in person must cease at 10 p.m.
On the Kent Campus, this curfew will result in the University Library changing its hours to close at 10 p.m. beginning Thursday before closing for the holiday shutdown from Nov. 21-28. The library will have reduced hours following Thanksgiving break. Dining services will continue to operate under its current schedule through the end of the week.
Be aware: Those who violate the state-issued curfew could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine, for failing to comply with a state public health order.
As our governor is calling on all Ohioans to step up and do their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we too expect our Golden Flashes community to do its part to help end this pandemic, which has impacted every aspect of our daily lives for the past nine months.
Gov. DeWine has encouraged all Ohioans to do one thing each day to decrease the spread of the virus by wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing and limiting our number of daily contacts. We can honor his request by continuing to practice the Flashes Safe Seven no matter where we are. And we can live up to our motto – Flashes Take Care of Flashes – by abiding by this curfew and taking care of our fellow Ohioans.
Stay safe and stay in!
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee