Ohio governor saves MNF by exempting Browns-Ravens from statewide curfew


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine single-handedly saved Monday Night Football for Week 14.

DeWine announced Thursday that it is extending the Ohio statewide curfew to January 2, meaning no one can be out from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. except for important business. That included Monday night’s upcoming game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, as well as several other sporting events, but DeWine specifically exempted them from its curfew.

“The start times of these games are given by national television contracts. As a result, the games will not end until after this curfew at 10 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health is issuing an exemption from this curfew for these four specific events. These events occurred in accordance with protocols that we require all Ohioans to follow. The spectators at these events wear their masks, they are socially distant, there is added security that they are in a large venue and being held outside. “

Monday Night Football between the Browns and Ravens was saved by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. (Photo by Jason Miller / Getty Images)

In addition to the Browns Ravens game on December 14, DeWine is also making exceptions for the MLS championship game on December 12 between the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders, the Monday night game on December 21 between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. and the upcoming Cincinnati Bearcats conference title game.

A limited number of fans will continue to be admitted to FirstEnergy Stadium, and DeWine said he doesn’t care about these viewers as much as he does about people who might meet up to watch games indoors.

“We ask you to reconsider. I know how important exercise is. It is important to be able to keep doing things to maintain our morale. I ask you to enjoy these events, but responsibly. “

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