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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Governor's Order on facial coverings (masks)

Per the July 8, 2020, Executive Order signed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the following requirements are to be followed with regard to the wearing of facial coverings in public in counties experiencing a significant increase in Covid-19 infections:


Facial Coverings (Masks). Except as provided herein, all individuals, in Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery, and Trumbull Counties shall wear facial coverings at all times when:

  • In any indoor location that is not a residence;
  • Outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household; or
  • Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private care service, or a ride sharing vehicle. This does not apply to private or rental vehicles where members of a family are sharing a vehicle. This does not apply to vehicles engaged in direct travel through a county that does not stop in that county.

The requirement to wear a facial covering shall continue for a county identified in this Order until that county no longer is designated at level 3 or level 4 in the Public Health Advisory System pursuant to Section 4 above. The requirement to wear a facial covering does not apply when;

  • The individual is under ten years of age·;
  • A medical condition, including those with respiratory conditions that restrict breathing,

mental health conditions, or disability contraindicates the wearing of a facial covering;

  • The individual is communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing­ impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
  • The individual is alone in an enclosed space, such as an office, and which space is not intended for use or access by the public;
  • The individual is actively engaged in exercise in a gym or indoor facility so long as six or more feet of separation between individuals exists;

£ The individual is actively participating in athletic practice, scrimmage, or competition that is permitted under a separate Department of Health order;

  • The individual is actively engaged in a public safety capacity, including but not limited to law enforcement, firefighters or emergency medical personnel;
  • The individual is seated and actively consuming food or beverage in a restaurant or bar;
  • Facial coverings are prohibited by law or regulation;

J.    Facial coverings are in violation of documented industry standards;

  • Facial coverings are in violation of a business’s documented safety policies;
  • Individual is actively participating in broadcast communications; or

m. Individual is an officiant of a religious services.

Schools that offer kindergarten through grade twelve instruction should follow the guidelines set forth by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health. Nothing in this order is intended to interfere with the separation of powers under the Ohio Constitution. This Order does not apply to jails or prison facilities. This Order is not intended to supersede, supplant or preempt any order or law of a local jurisdiction that is more restrictive than this Order. For the purposes of this Order, a facial covering (mask) is any material cover an individual’s nose, mouth, and chin.

Ohio Department of Health website
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