A Columbus Mask Mandate Has Been Issued, Regardless Of Vaccination Status

Masks will be required in all publicly accessible indoor spaces in Columbus, beginning Friday, September 10.

Mayor Andrew Ginther made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday. The executive order is in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases around the city.

The mayor also stated that he would be working with City Council to have a mask mandate by ordinance. “We need to mask up, band together and bring down the number of infections,” Ginther said at the conference.

Masks are now required regardless of vaccination status. City of Columbus health commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts said the positivity rate is at 9.6 percent. The 14-day aggregate case rate is similar to the rate of November 2020, which started the largest surge of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

The mandate includes movie theaters, grocery stores, restaurants, barbershops, and any other publicly accessible indoor areas. Masks are required for both employees and customers. State, federal and religious buildings are not included in the mandate. 

While the state legislature has passed a law prohibiting mask mandates and blanket health orders, the law does not apply to city governments.

Only 46% of Columbus residents are vaccinated.

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