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'We know that masks work': Ohio governor reissues state mask order

"Every retail employee has the right to work in an environment that is as safe as can be, which means all customers must wear masks,” Gov. Mike DeWine said.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is reissuing the state’s mask order, requiring the wearing of face coverings in public places.

“We know that masks work,” the governor said during his Wednesday evening address. “It is the easiest, most cost-effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19.

"Every retail employee has the right to work in an environment that is as safe as can be, which means all customers must wear masks.”

The governor said he will reissue the state’s mask order with a few additional provisions.

Masks must be worn in any indoor location that is not a residence, the governor said. The ordinance does not apply to anyone under 10.

This time, there are three new provisions laid out by the governor. Those include:

  • Each business will be required to post a face-covering requirement at all public entrances to the store.
  • Each store will be responsible for ensuring that customers and employees are wearing masks.
  • The state’s new Retail Compliance Unit, comprising agents led by the Bureaus of Workers’ Compensation, will inspect or ensure compliance.

“Throughout the pandemic, most people and most businesses in Ohio have done things right, by wearing masks and ensuring that safety guidelines are followed,” the governor said. “We are grateful for that. It is those actions that kept the virus from spreading uncontrollably in the spring and summer.”

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Mask-wearing was the focal point of the Wednesday briefing, with the governor saying it's the one easy thing anyone can do to save lives until a vaccine arrives.

“Each Ohioan who goes out to shop has the right to know that every store they enter will be safe and that everyone they encounter in that store will be wearing a mask," he said. "Our mask order, issued on July 23, says just that."