Columbus Has Officially Lifted Its Mask Mandate

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On Monday afternoon, Columbus City Council voted unanimously to repeal the mandate requiring masks be worn in all indoor public spaces.

Franklin County and Columbus City Schools repealed their mask mandates last week, and the move was expected. Although there’s no longer a mandate in place, Columbus City Council wanted to remind residents that masks are still an option if they feel the need to wear one.

“I am proud of Columbus residents who fought so hard for so long to beat back COVID-19 in our community,” Mayor Ginther said. “We are encouraged by the declining number of cases and that the burden on our health care professionals and frontline workers has been greatly reduced. Some in our community – including those who are not vaccinated or are immunocompromised – may still want to wear a mask in public, but as of today, that is their personal choice.”

Last week, Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts recommended the move as COVID-19 cases in the city, county, and state fall. The new CDC guidelines state that masks are no longer required where the risk to hospitals is low or medium, and that includes Columbus and Franklin County.

“I implore residents to, above all else, be kind to each other as we navigate the next phase of the pandemic, and to utilize common sense to keep each other healthy – wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick and get vaccinated and boosted. Together, we can put COVID-19 behind us. Our best days are still ahead,” said Ginther.

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