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Dayton approves ordinance to require face coverings in public spaces

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said the ordinance will take effect at 8 a.m. Friday and not wearing one could result in an $85 fine.
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The Dayton City Commission unanimously passed an ordinance that will require people to wear face coverings in public spaces.

According to CBS affiliate WHIO, Public Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper said the county health department has seen a significant increase of COVID-19 since the beginning of Responsible Restart Ohio.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said the ordinance will take effect at 8 a.m. Friday and not wearing one could result in an $85 fine.

WHIO reports the ordinance will require people within the city limits will be required to wear the covering anytime they are in public spaces or where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Examples include grocery stores, libraries, retail stores, restaurants and bars.

Gov. Mike DeWine issued the following statement supporting the decision by Whaley:

“I support Mayor Whaley's and Dayton's decision to require the use of masks in public places. It’s an appropriate and welcome response to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in their area. Masks are recommended by the CDC and medical professionals to help protect other people. Wearing a mask will allow us to help keep businesses open and help prevent further spikes. I encourage other communities to consider following Dayton's lead.”

In central Ohio, Bexley announced a similar order and Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said the city is "seriously considering" one as well.

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