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Hilliard announces guidelines for wearing a mask in public, potential fines

The guidelines go into effect on Tuesday.
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HILLIARD, Ohio — The City of Hilliard announced an executive order outlining guidelines for wearing masks in public that takes effect on Tuesday.

The order requires people to wear face coverings in all businesses and on business parking lots and sidewalks. 

People will also be required to wear masks at outdoor public spaces where they cannot socially distance and at any organized sporting event on city or school property.

The city said anyone who violates the order is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and could be fined up to $150.

Some of the exemptions for people will be if they cannot wear a mask because of a medical condition, are strenuously exercising, are actively eating or drinking, are trying to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired or are under the age of 6.

The full executive order can be read here.

Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a new system last week for measuring the dangers of the coronavirus in the state of Ohio, meant to identify hot spots for the disease by county. 

On a scale of Level 1 to Level 4, Franklin County is at a Level 3 meaning it displays "very high" exposure and spread and people should limit activities as much as possible.

The order in Hilliard will remain in place until Franklin County drops to a Level 1.

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