Mayor And DeWine Make Announcements About COVID 19 Restrictions
Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz today is joining other mayors across Ohio to declare that all residents of Toledo should wear face coverings when in public.
The declaration requires face coverings to be worn, covering the mouth and nose, in enclosed areas with others. This includes grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies, health care facilities, libraries, bars, restaurants, and while using public transportation. Individuals are not required to wear masks at a religious facility. However, the city, along with the local and state health departments, and the CDC, strongly recommend the wearing of masks at any public place.
The declaration allows for some exemptions, including medical conditions, children younger than 6, or the need to communicate via lip-reading with someone who has a hearing impairment. Wearers may remove the covering to eat or drink.
Although the Mayor’s declaration does not carry the force of law, the Mayor expects City Council to adopt an Ordinance on Tuesday that will allow a mask policy to be enforced, as other cities in Ohio have already done.
Meanwhile Governor DeWine declared Wood County to now be "Red" which means mandatory face masks. Fairfield, Pickaway, Clermont, Lorain, Summit and Wood Counties will join six other counties, including Franklin, in being required under a state health order to wear face masks in public in a bid to help choke off the spread of coronavirus. Face coverings are mandated in the latest counties beginning tonight (Friday July 10th) at 6 p.m.