Customers Now Will Not Be Required To Wear Face Coverings

Governor DeWine announced that the state of Ohio will now not require that customers entering retail establishments wear face coverings. Wearing face coverings in public is still, however, strongly recommended.

"As Governor, it is my responsibility to make the tough decisions, but it is also my responsibility to listen and be respectful of the thoughts and ideas of our fellow Ohioans," said Governor DeWine. "Though it is not a mandate, wearing a face covering in retail locations is clearly in the best interest of all Ohioans. This gives added protection to others. When you wear a mask, you are protecting those around you from possibly getting sick."

Governor DeWine also noted that individual business owners could still choose to develop a business policy requiring face coverings for customers to enter their facilities. 

"It is because of Ohio citizens' individual actions thus far that we have collectively flattened the curve in Ohio. Ohioans have accomplished these things through social distancing, staying home, and wearing face coverings. These individual decisions have impacted the greater good for all Ohioans," said Governor DeWine. "These individual decisions are going to be even more important as we move forward.  Now is the time to double down on these efforts. We have an obligation to protect our most vulnerable Ohioans and each other."

Face coverings would still be mandated for employees unless wearing a face covering is not advisable by a healthcare professional, goes against industry best practices, or is not permitted by federal or state laws and regulations.