City Of Columbus To Require Masks Indoors For All Visitors And Employees

Starting Monday, August 16, all employees and visitors to city buildings must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

Mayor Ginther made the announcement on Thursday. Earlier in the week, the Centers for Disease Control placed Franklin County in the highest level of transmission for COVID-19. A majority of the cases have been infected with the Delta variant, which is highly transmissible.

“The vaccine remains our best tool in the fight against COVID-19. Masks add an extra layer of protection to employees and visitors to our buildings,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “It is crucial that we all work together and do all that we can to assure that our city can reopen fully and our kids can go back to in-person school.”

Kids are heading back to school and although there is evidence that suggests that K-12 schools that have strictly implemented prevention strategies, like wearing masks, are able to open safely and remain open for in person learning. Since children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine, it’s important that those who can get vaccinated do.

Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts strongly suggests that all who are able get a vaccine and wear a mask.

“The Delta variant is extremely contagious, and we must do everything we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect health,” said Dr. Roberts. “The best way to protect yourself is to layer prevention measures. Get vaccinated and wear a mask when you are indoors or in crowded settings.”

To find a free COVID-19 vaccine near you, visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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