Mandatory mask rules take effect in Dayton, other cities considering a policy

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While the state of Ohio does not have a mandatory mask policy, some local communities are enacting their own guidelines

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Because of a delivery bottleneck for professional face masks during covid-19 pandemic a lot of people started to organize DIY production of face masks at home. (Getty)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – While the state of Ohio does not have a mandatory mask policy, some local communities are enacting their own guidelines.

Beginning, Friday, Dayton will require face coverings in public spaces and the smaller town of Bexley is enforcing their own mandatory mask policy on Friday as well.

Cincinnati will discuss a mask policy at a special meeting scheduled for Friday morning.

Governor Mike DeWine has always encouraged wearing a mask but stopped short of requiring face coverings in his reopening plan but gives leeway for local municipalities to adopt their own guidelines.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther will be signing an executive order Friday making masks mandatory in public places.

Ginther said police won’t be arresting people who aren’t wearing masks and CPH officials will not be going inside places to enforce the order.  

So far, Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown have not issued any guidance on mask wearing that is different than the statewide recommendation, however, according to Cincinnati.com, Akron is considering making masks mandatory in public.

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