Franklin County Is At A Level 3 Public Health Advisory And Masks Will Now Be Mandatory

On the heels of mask mandates in various cities throughout Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine has announced that seven Ohio counties will be under a new mask mandate, including Franklin County.

All of the counties are classified at Level 3 under the state’s Public Health Advisory Alert System. In addition to Franklin County, Hamilton, Butler, Montgomery, Huron, Cuyahoga, and Trumball counties are also at Level 3 and will be under mask mandates.

To reach Level 3, all of the counties triggered 4-5 of the following indicators:

  • New cases per capita
  • Sustained increase in new cases
  • Proportion of cases that are not congregated cases
  • Sustained increase in emergency room visits
  • Sustained increase in outpatient visits
  • Sustained increase in new COVID-19 hospital admissions
  • Intensive care unit bed occupancy

The mandate will go into effect at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, and will require people 10 years and older to wear a mask:

  • When they are in any indoor location that is not a residence
  • When they are outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household
  • When they are waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private care service, or a ride-sharing vehicle

The Level 3 rating means that the risk of exposure and spread in Franklin County is very high and residents are asked to limit activities as much as possible.

The orders will stay in place as long the county is in a Level 3. The rankings will be updated each Thursday and any counties that increase to Level 3 will be added to the face-covering mandate automatically. Failure to wear a mask in Level 3 and Level 4 counties could result in a misdemeanor charge by law enforcement.

There are exceptions to wearing a mask for people who’s doctor advises against it, if wearing a mask is prohibited by federal regulation, or if you’re communicating with the hearing impaired.

If you’re looking for more info about wearing masks in Columbus, please click here.

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