THE state of Ohio has issued a mandatory mask order for everyone over 10 years old while out in public.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made the announcement during a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Highland County Press reported.
A state-wide mask order will be in effect starting Thursday, July 23 at 6pm.
DeWine said: "Wearing masks will make a difference. It will determine what our fall looks like.
"We want kids to go back to school, we want to see sports.
"To do that it’s very important that all Ohioans wear a mask."
Masks will be required at an indoor location that's not considered a residence, outside when six-feet social distancing is not possible from those "not in your household," and waiting for or "riding, driving, or operating" public transportation.
Those exempt from the mask order are anyone under the age of 10, people with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability, and anyone who chooses to actively exercise or play sports.
Officiants at religious services, people who are involved in public safety, and anyone actively eating or drinking are also not required to wear a mask.
In addition to the state-wide mask ruling, the Ohio governor announced a travel advisory.
DeWine wrote to Twitter: "Today, I’m announcing a travel advisory for all individuals coming into #Ohio from states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for #COVID19 and recommend that those individuals self-quarantine for 14 days."
"This situation is not unique. We have heard from multiple local health departments that they are tracing cases related to out-of-state travel.
"Trips to states where there are high positivity rates, such as South Carolina and Florida, are leading to outbreaks here in Ohio."
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