OHIO | Here are all of the Ohio communities with a local mask mandate

Face coverings are considered by health experts to be one of the most effective (and simplest) ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

At no point in 2020 has a statewide “mask mandate” been in effect. Instead, a growing and ever-changing patchwork of local mandates are being implemented all throughout the state.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Check out additional COVID-19 coverage here.

In lieu of a statewide mandate, Gov. Mike DeWine has turned instead to tackling the virus on more local level. His administration recently created an Ohio Public Health Advisory System which rates the 88 counties on a color-coded system. There are four levels (colors), with a higher number meaning the county is experiencing a more severe spread of the coronavirus.

Once a county hits Level 3, a mask mandate is automatically in effect for people in that county. The state is updating the system each Thursday — as of this article’s publication on July 13, a dozen counties are under that mandate, though the map may change on July 14.

City officials around the state have opted to implement a mask mandate at a local level.

Place County Date decided
Akron Summit 7/13
Toledo Lucas 7/13
Athens Athens 7/13
Reynoldsburg Franklin, Fairfield, Licking 7/13
Gahanna Franklin 7/7
Columbus Franklin 7/6
Upper Arlington Franklin 7/6
Westerville Franklin/Delaware 7/6
Worthington Franklin 7/6
Grandview Heights Franklin 7/3
Dublin Franklin/Delaware 7/3
Cincinnati Hamilton 7/3
Cleveland Cuyahoga 7/3
Whitehall Franklin 7/2
Bexley Franklin 7/1
Dayton Montgomery 7/1
Yellow Springs Greene 6/15

Here is a map of all the Level 3 counties and the local mandates throughout Ohio, as of July 13:

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. Read more Ohio Capital Journal stories here.

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