COLUMBUS (WCMH) — As health officials across the world monitor the spread of the COVID-19 omicron variant, the mask ordinance in the city of Columbus remains in place.

The ordinance, which was passed by Columbus City Council in September, requires that individuals ages 3 and older wear masks or facial coverings in indoor public places, with some exceptions, regardless of vaccination status.

A spokesperson for city council said there are no plans for council to rescind the ordinance, adding council follows guidance from Columbus Public Health.

Mayor Andrew Ginther said he consults with Dr. Mysheika Roberts, the city’s health commissioner, several times a month on what can be done to combat the virus.

“I would not support doing away with the indoor facial covering requirement until I had a recommendation from Dr. Roberts that made sense,” he said.

Ginther said the best defense against the virus is getting people vaccinated and continuing to wear masks.