DeWine advocates for face masks on national stage, says it is not political


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The topic of wearing a mask or not has made its way into politics. 

Some politicians wear them in publich while others, including President Trump, do not. 

The same goes for people who are out and about.

But Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said wearing a mask should not be a political issue. 

DeWine talked about wearing masks Sunday morning on NBC’s Meet the Press.

On High Street, there seem to be more people not wearing masks than wearing masks, but some have also said they’re taking them off when they’re not in stores because it’s hot outside.

Many of the stores on High Street are requiring people wear masks when they go inside. 

On Sunday, Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd played an emotional clip of North Dakota’s governor urging people to not make mask wearing a political issue. 

DeWine had a similar message.

“This is not about politics, this is not about whether you’re liberal or conservative, left or right, Republican, Democrat,” he said on the show. “We wear the mask, and it’s been very clear what the studies have shown. You wear the mask not to protect yourself, so much as to protect others. And this is one time when we truly are all in this together. What we do directly impacts others.”

“It’s nothing to get mad about or fight over,” Columbus resident Lydia Shelley said. “It’s just for everyone’s safety. I think you should just wear it.”

DeWine was initially going to make wearing the masks mandatory, but after getting some feedback, decided he went too far and made masks a strong recommendation.

“When you tell people to do stuff, at the end of the day, they’re gonna make their own decisions,” said Michael Ohiembor, who was out on High Street Sunday afternoon.

“It’s good that most of them require them, especially down here where a lot of people come on Sunday,” said Hannah Hunt of High Street businesses open Sunday.

Hunt and her friends wore their masks while inside, but held them in their hands outside because of how warm the weather was.

DeWine said Sunday morning that he is not asking Ohioans to be wearing masks when they’re in their cars or out hiking, but he is asking people to wear them when interacting with other people.

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