BEXLEY, Ohio (WCMH)–Bexley and Whitehall have both announced they are joining Columbus in mandating indoor masking for everyone beginning Friday, Sept. 10.

This updated mandate comes as a result of rising COVID-19 cases and the continuing vulnerability of unvaccinated youth in Bexley. Currently, Franklin County is averaging 493 new cases per day, which is a 58% increase from the average in late August.

City of Bexley website

Bexley lists three reasons for all people to be masked, regardless of vaccination status:

  • The Delta variant can infect and spread among vaccinated individuals.
  • Vaccinated individuals, on average, have less severe reactions and those who have access to the vaccine are strongly encouraged to become vaccinated. To find a vaccine provider or clinic, visit the Ohio Department of Health ‘Vaccine Management System’ database.
  • The Delta variant is much more transmissible than earlier variants, and more easily spread both indoors and outdoors.

Whitehall also announced a mask mandate to join the order issued to Columbus. The mandate will apply to everyone, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.