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Thank you for your service! 34 deals and steals for Veterans Day

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Today is dedicated to the men and women in uniform who have shown great bravery and sacrifice in order to protect our country. Today, many local business across Central Ohio are showing their appreciation with special offers and discounts.

With some help from 10TV, we’ve put together a list of exclusive deals members of the military can take advantage of today. Thank you all for your service. Now go out and treat yourself!

Amazon

Veterans, active-duty troops, and Guard and Reserve members can get a one-year Amazon Prime membership for $79 (a $40 discount). If already a member, military members can renew their Prime membership at a lower rate.

AMC Theatres

Active and retired military members can enjoy a free large popcorn with the purchase of a movie ticket.

Applebee’s

Free meal from a special menu to all active military members and veterans.

BIBIBOP

Free bowl to all Veterans and Active Duty Military.

16-Bit Bar + Arcade

15% off booze to active and retired military and free koozie with purchase of a canned beer.

BJ’s Restaurants and Brewhouse

Free entrée up to $14.95 and a free Dr. Pepper beverage to all current and former military.

Bob Evans

Free meal from a special menu to veterans and active duty military who show proof of military service.

Bonefish Grill

Complimentary appetizer for active and retired military members.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Free small order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries. Proof of service required.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Free order of calamari with any purchase for veterans, active military members, police officers, and firefighters on Veterans Day weekend.

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Chili’s

Free meal from a special menu to veterans and active military members.

Chipotle

BOGO entrees for all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses, retired military with a valid U.S. military ID and veterans with ID.

City Barbeque

Free meal (sandwich, two sides and a regular beverage) to all veterans and U.S. military.

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Both past and present military personnel and their immediate family can enjoy free admission to the zoo for the day (parking is $10).

Condado Tacos

Condado Tacos is offering two free tacos for military veterans + active military with military ID (no purchase necessary). From here on out, Condado will offer one free taco with food purchase to veterans + active military with military ID, valid year round!

COTA

Free fares the entire day for veterans and active military on Nov. 11.

Cracker Barrel

Free Pumpkin Pie Latte or a slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake to all U.S. military veterans and active duty military.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Free donut of their choice to veterans and active duty military.

GetGo

Active military members and veterans get a free coffee, cappuccino, or fountain drink.

Golden Corral

Free dinner buffet for any person who has served in the U.S. military.

Jets Pizza

50% off menu-priced pizza when they show their military ID on Nov. 11.

Johnson’s Real Ice Cream

Free single scoop with valid military ID.

Kohl’s

30% off in-store discount for active military, veterans, retirees, and their immediate family members.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

Free admission to all veterans and active duty personnel on Nov. 11, 2019. Friends and family of military personnel can visit the attraction with their veteran for a reduced admission at $10 per guest.

Little Caesars

Free $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo between 11am- 2pm to all veteran or active members of the United States military.

Logan’s Roadhouse

Free American Roadhouse Meal between 3pm- 6pm to all veterans and active military.

Lynd Fruit Farm

The orchard is thanking military members for their service with a free half peck of Trail Blazer apples.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Veterans and their families will receive free admission into the National Veterans Memorial and Museum courtesy of USAA.

O’Charley’s

Free meal from the “Veterans Thank You Menu” at participating locations to all active or retired military members who show a military ID.

Red Lobster

Free appetizer or dessert from a special menu to veterans, active duty military, and reservists.

Red Robin

Free Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries to veterans and active military.

Roosters Wings

$10 Roosters Buck on Nov. 11 for those who show a military ID, NBG55, NGB22 orDD214 Form E.

Texas Roadhouse

Free lunch from a special menu between 11am- 4pm to all veterans and active U.S. service members.

White Castle

Free Combo Meal or Breakfast Combo Meal to all veterans and active military members on Nov. 11.

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DeWine announces guidelines for Ohio schools to return this fall

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During a COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced guidelines “backed by science” that Ohio public schools will need to follow upon reopening in the fall.

Key points from the press conference include:

  • vigilantly assessing for symptoms
  • washing and sanitizing hands to prevent spread
  • thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing school environment to limit spread on shared surfaces
  • practicing social distancing
  • a face-covering policy.

“The risks of being in school outweigh the risks of not being in there,” said Dr. Chris Peter, the president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, also citing that some kids were missing pediatric appointments due to not attending school.

On Tuesday, Columbus City Schools Superintendent and CEO Dr. Talisa Dixon and the Reopening Task Force outlined a safety recommendation plan for Columbus schools, which includes:

  • early childhood students using a blended model based on each child’s individual needs
  • grades K-8 attending school using a blended in-person/online learning model
  • and grades 9-12 attending school remotely full-time from home for at least the first two quarters of the school year.

DeWine mentioned that there was a strong consensus among teachers, principals, and the public around Ohio that kids “need to get back in a building” to learn.

DeWine and state officials talked with dozens of teachers, superintendents, school officials, and medical experts when putting together the document for Ohio school reopening guidance.

“We have an obligation, all of us, to educate our children and keep them safe,” DeWine said.

At the time of the press conference, the webpage featuring the guidance for reopening schools had been hacked. You can find the state’s resources on COVID-19 here.

DeWine mentioned that the recommendation was that students in third grade and up should wear a face mask, with a strong recommendation for those in sixth grade and up.

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Ginther signs executive order requiring masks in public

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On Thursday afternoon, the City of Columbus held a virtual press conference, in which Mayor Andrew J. Ginther signed an executive order that requires residents to wear masks in public starting tomorrow.

Key points of the conference include:

  • Young people under the age of six and those trying to communicate with someone hearing impaired will NOT be required to wear masks.
  • Places like stores, businesses, and outdoor crowds will require a mask, but people will not be cited by the Columbus police for not wearing one.
  • Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts led off the press conference discussing three simple things people can do to slow the spread of COVID-19: Avoid large gatherings and maintain social distancing in public; wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitizer when those aren’t readily available; and wear a mask.

“In the last few weeks, we’ve gotten growing data that supports how masks are very effective in reducing the spread of the virus within the community,” Roberts said.

Ginther, Roberts, Alex Fischer–President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership–and Chris Suel–Director of My Brothers Keeper Village–were all in attendance to give the address.

Roberts mentioned that she would be making a recommendation to reduce bar capacity by 50 percent and decrease hours of operation. Restaurants and bars won’t be cited if they choose not to follow this recommendation.

Since June 10, Columbus Public Health has significantly ramped up testing, with over 2,800 tests between then and now; 1,500 tests have been administered outside of the CPH system, including increased tests of asymptomatic and people with mild symptoms.

A silver lining has been that Columbus hasn’t seen an increase in hospitalizations, only cases. Roberts mentioned that, currently, 11 percent of cases require hospitalization, with only 20 percent of those requiring treatment in the ICU.

“More testing alone can’t explain why we’re seeing these increasing numbers in our community,” Roberts said.

Ginther made mention of the city’s Masks Equal Kindness Campaign, which has been making strong recommendations toward Columbus residents to wear masks.

“I know we’re fatigued, we’re tired, we’re stressed, and in some cases overwhelmed...but this is an opportunity for this incredible community...to take personal responsibility and do their part to protect the safety and health of our neighbors.”

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther at a press conference on Thursday


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I pledge allegiance…to the mask

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With Buckeyes set to return to Ohio State University’s campus this fall, a mask will be one of the requirements as students, faculty, and staff head back.

The university announced on Wednesday in an email that those returning to campus would need to wear a mask indoors and sign a pledge “to affirm their understanding of what is needed to help fight the spread of the virus and their intention to do their part.”

The pledge has not been finalized yet.

On top of having to wear a mask in indoor settings and having to sign the pledge, Ohio State students, faculty, and staff will have to complete health and safety training modules.

Ohio State has created a website dedicated to campus-related COVID-19 information. You can find that information here.

What is your opinion on the mask pledge? Mask off? Will this hold up come August? Sound off in the comments below!

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