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Columbus City Council approves ordinance requiring masks in public, details enforcement and fines

Council members passed a resolution replacing Mayor Ginther's executive order.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus City Council passed a resolution Monday requiring masks to be worn in public.

The resolution replaces what Mayor Andrew Ginther put in his executive order last week.

The new ordinance requires face coverings to be worn by anyone over the age of 6 while in any indoor and outdoor public space when social distancing cannot happen.

City Council said people and businesses who do not follow the new rule could face a civil citation.

Columbus Public Health will enforce the mask requirement.

If a person violates the ordinance, they will be warned the first time and will be fined $25 for the second and any other future violations.

If the rule is not followed by businesses, there will be a warning for a first-time violation, a $500 fine for a second violation and a $1,000 time for a third and any future violations.

City Council said there is an appeals process for anyone cited under this ordinance.

People who have medical conditions preventing them from wearing a mask, are under the age of 6, actively eating or drinking or strenuously exercising are some of the exemptions.

The mandate does not cover personal vehicles, schools, or places of worship.

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