Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has issued a mandatory mask order effective at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The measure requires individuals to wear face masks or coverings at indoor locations (except their own houses), at outdoor locations where six feet of social distance is not feasible, and when queuing for public transportation services.
“Wearing masks will make a difference. It will determine what our fall looks like. We want kids to go back to school, we want to see sports — to do that it’s very important that all Ohioans wear a mask. #MasksOnOhio,” the governor tweeted.
Earlier this month, DeWine imposed mask regulations on specific counties experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks. This new mandate covers all areas of the state.
Individuals with a medical condition or disability, people participating in athletic activities, officiants at religious services, those involved in public safety, and anyone eating or drinking or communicating with a person with disability are exempted from the mask order.
DeWine earlier expressed fears that Ohio “could become Florida” because of the rising number of coronavirus infections.
The Ohio Department of Health reported a single-day climb of 1,527 new infections. The state now has a total of 78,742 cases and 3,235 COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic.