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Masks now Mandatory State-Wide in Ohio

By Tricia Pycraft

July 22, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reversed his prior county-by-county mask requirements by announcing on July 22, 2020 that masks will be mandatory across the entire state of Ohio effective at 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 23, 2020.

Masks must be worn in any indoor location that is not a residence, DeWine said, or when individuals are outdoors and unable to maintain an appropriate social distance of 6 feet or more.

The mask ordinance does not apply to anyone under the age of 10, the DeWine said. In addition, the following individuals are exempt from wearing masks:

  • Those with a medical condition or a disability, or those communicating with someone with a disability.
  • Those who are actively exercising or playing sports.
  • Those who are officiants at religious services.
  • Those who are actively involved in public safety.
  • Those who are actively eating or drinking.

The mandate will be enforced by state and local authorities, not by businesses.

DeWine also issued a travel advisory recommending a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone who leaves the state to visit any state with a 15 percent positivity rate for COVID-19 tests and returns to Ohio (or visitors from those states coming into Ohio).

The full text of the new Order is available HERE.

Please do not hesitate to contact your Critchfield attorney with any questions.

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