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Bexley passes emergency order to require masks

The City of Bexley announced revised emergency orders to require the wearing of face coverings in public indoor areas beginning July 3.
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The City of Bexley announced revised emergency orders to require the wearing of face coverings in public indoor areas beginning July 3.

The orders, which are in effect until July 30, came at the recommendation of the Bexley COVID-19 Task Force and were approved by city council with a 5-1 vote.

"If 80% of people wore face coverings in public, the COVID-19 pandemic would dramatically recede," Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler said. "Wearing a mask is an easy act of kindness and respect for our fellow human beings, and this order will directly save medical resources and may save lives."

The order requires face coverings in the following types of public spaces:

  • Retail businesses
  • Restaurants (except when seated at a table)
  • Theatre
  • Office spaces open to the public (lobbies, reception areas, etc.)
  • Personal care and grooming businesses

The order has exceptions for medical conditions and other circumstances where exceptions are deemed appropriate.

To view the full order which includes exceptions, click here.