Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Follow Dayton in Mandating Face Coverings
Last Friday, July 3, the Cincinnati City Council voted 7-2 to enact an ordinance
requiring employees and individuals to wear face coverings inside businesses, government buildings and when using public or commercial transportation. The requirement will take effect on July 9 to give individuals and businesses time to prepare for compliance. Executive orders mandating face coverings in public issued by the mayors of Cleveland
and Columbus along with a City of Dayton ordinance
went into effect last Friday. Last night, Columbus City Council voted unanimously in passing a face covering ordinance
that went into effect this morning, superseding the Mayor’s order. Cuyahoga County Council has announced the intention to introduce a county-wide ordinance and Cleveland City Council is expected to introduce an ordinance at their next regular meeting on July 15.
The locations in which masks need to be worn and the exemptions for not having to wear one are relatively consistent among the cities with minor variances. Unlike Cincinnati and Dayton, the Columbus ordinance places an enforcement burden upon businesses, prohibiting them from selling anything to an individual not wearing a face covering.
The Cincinnati ordinance gives the Cincinnati Health Department the authority to issue citations of $25 for individuals and businesses found to not be non-compliant. The City is promoting a phone number for people to contact the Health Department to report those not following the requirements of the ordinance. The City of Dayton ordinance provides for an $85 fine for anyone in violation of its requirements. The Columbus ordinance dictates a warning for a first violation by a business or individual. A second violation by an individual, along with subsequent violations, carries a fine of $25. A second violation by a business carries a fine of $500 with subsequent violations increasing to $1,000.
We strongly recommend that our members in these cities post signage conspicuously at the entrance indicating that face coverings are required. If possible, offer masks to those who do not have them. If someone claims that they are exempt, there is no requirement for them to produce documentation. In Columbus, however, failure of an individual to produce documentation of an exempted health condition may still result in a fine.