During an afternoon news conference Thursday, July 2, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said he was ordering the wearing of masks in public beginning tomorrow because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
We must stay the course of maintaining social distancing, washing hands and wearing facial coverings. So today I am signing an executive order to mandate face coverings in Columbus.— Mayor Andrew Ginther (@MayorGinther)July 2, 2020
Ginther called it a "call to action for the community."
The order would be effective Friday, July 3, according to Ginther.
Situations in which the masks would be required included inside retail stores and other businesses, he said. In restaurants, customers are asked to wear them when not eating or drinking.
Religious facilities and those owned by the state and federal governments would be exempt, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Masks are not required when people are outside, like while walking or running, Robin Davis, Ginther’s spokeswoman, told the Dispatch.
Ginther also said during the news conference that the Columbus Division of Police would not stop anyone who is not wearing a mask, and Columbus City Council could consider legislation regarding the wearing of masks in public.
Bexley and Whitehall are among other Ohio municipalities that requiring masks in public.
Read more about Columbus' order at dispatch.com.