Columbus City Council has approved a six-month moratorium on new Internet sweepstakes cafes. Under the moratorium, no permits, which are required to operate such a business, will be issued. Columbus has joined a number of cities that have enacted these moratoriums, hoping that the state will soon issue some guidance in the form of regulations.
Meanwhile, the city of Cleveland has extended their moratorium an additional six months, also hoping the state will create permanent rules governing these businesses.
Lastly, the city of Middletown had a motion for a six-month moratorium die on the floor of City Council. Passage required approval from all six Council members. Two members voted against the moratorium, and one member was absent. So for now, such businesses can operate in Middletown.