At least 21 states have instituted some type of mandatory mask or face covering requirement as part of efforts to quell the spread of the coronavirus.
Here’s a look at what’s happening in Ohio and our surrounding states based on information from state government websites and published news articles.
Central Ohio cities with mask requirements
Other Ohio cities with mask requirements
Ohio counties under mask mandate
States with mask requirements
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
Months ago, Governor Mike DeWine had said he would require masks as the state reopened but rescinded the requirements after receiving pushback and instead strongly encouraged citizens to wear masks.
In response to an uptick in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and infection rates, the city of Dayton announced a mandatory mask requirement. Governor DeWine said he supported the effort.
The city of Columbus followed suit, but while Mayor Andrew Ginther’s executive order would require masks or face coverings in indoor settings like daycares, nursing homes, retail stores or restaurants there are several exemptions.
Among those exempt from abiding by the mask order:
- Religious institutions
- Facilities owned or operated by the state of Ohio or federal government
- People who have difficulty breathing
- People who are outdoors; although Columbus Public Health strongly encourages masks in all settings - especially where people can’t socially distance
The Columbus Public Health also said they right now have no plans to enforce the executive order but are considering the options.
The city of Dublin announced Friday that it has passed indoor mask requirements for anyone patronizing businesses - it also affects people attending city parks or high school sports. There are also exemptions to this rule. Among a few exempt: those with medical conditions, those under the age of two or involved in strenuous physical activity outside so long as social distancing can be applied.
The Frankin County Commissioners held an emergency meeting where it passed a resolution encouraging other local municipalities within the county to pass mask requirements.