Ohio Governor Revises Re-Opening Plan on Face Coverings


Governor Mike DeWine announced yesterday the first stages of a gradual, phased plan to re-open Ohio businesses beginning on May 1.

As we reported yesterday, one of the basic requirements for all businesses to open was a mandate for all employees to wear facial coverings - “No mask, no work, no service, no exception.”

However, after hearing from Ohioans around the state, the Governor announced that wearing a face covering will not be mandated for clients/customers, but will be required for employees.  Exceptions to the mandate will be for cases where it is:

  • deemed not advisable by a healthcare professional
  • against documented industry best practices
  • not permitted by federal or state laws/regulations
  • the employee is sitting alone in an enclosed office space
  • there are practical reasons why it is not advisable

The state is developing an FAQ on face coverings and other points of the new procedures that will posted on the state’s Responsible Restart Ohio webpage. 

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