Governor DeWine’s COVID-19 Action
During Governor DeWine’s statewide address on Wednesday, November 11, he announced new administrative actions and foreshadowed possible future actions.
Governor DeWine announced the Ohio Department of Health will issue a revised statewide mandate for facial coverings, which was not available yet at this time. According to the Governor, the revised mask order mirrors the previous face mask order, with three new provisions applicable to retail businesses:
- Each store is required to post a sign outlining face-covering requirements at all public entrances;
- Each store is responsible for ensuring that customers and employees are wearing masks; and
- The creation of a new Retail Compliance Unit, housed within the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, to ensure compliance.
Retail stores that violate the order face receiving a written warning for the first violation. A second violation can result in closure of the store for up to 24 hours.
As a reminder, masks are required:
- in all indoor locations (not a residence);
- outdoors when social distance of six feet or more from persons who are not part of the individual’s household is not possible;
- or when waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, a taxi, private car service, or a ride sharing vehicle.
Under the original and new order masks are not required when:
- The individual is under ten years of age;
- A medical condition, mental health condition, or disability contraindicates the wearing of a facial covering;
- The individual is actively engaged in a public safety capacity (police, fire, EMT);
- Individual is seated and consuming food or beverage;
- The individual is alone in an enclosed space, such as an office, or in lieu of an enclosed space, the individual is separated by at least six feet in all directions from other individuals, and in either case the space is not intended for use or access by the public;
- The individual is actively engaged in exercise in a gym or indoor facility as long as six or more feet of separation between individuals exists, or actively participating in athletic practice or competition as permitted under a separate order;
- Facial coverings are prohibited by law or regulation, in violation of documented industry standards, or violate a business’s documented safety practices;
- In an industrial or manufacturing facility, employees are separated by at least six feet in all directions, or by a barrier in a manufacturing line or work area.
- Individual is actively participating in broadcast communications, or the individual is an officiant of religious services;
In addition, individual industries and sectors still have specific guidelines to follow.
For additional information on social gatherings; restaurants, bars, and fitness centers; schools and universities; and the new warning system click HERE.