Upper Arlington, Worthington pass face covering ordinances

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UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) — Upper Arlington is the latest central Ohio municipality to issue a mandatory face covering ordinance.

Upper Arlington City Council passed the ordinance Monday, mandating a face covering be worn at all times in public indoor areas.

Warnings will be issued for first-time violators; second offences can be punishable by a fine up to $150.

Upper Arlington’s ordinance is below. App users, tap here to read the ordinance.

Worthington also issued a mask requirement which will go into effect Tuesday, July 7, at 8 a.m.

People living in or doing business in Worthington must wear a face covering in the following situations:

  1. When entering, exiting or waiting in line to enter a place of business that is open to the public and while inside a place of business in areas for the public  
  2. When entering, exiting or waiting in line to enter a City of Worthington building or facility open to the public and while inside such building or facility in public areas  
  3. In any public transportation such as a bus or other public transit vehicle as well as at all Worthington bus stops. The includes taxis, ridesharing vehicles and any other vehicle for hire.  
  4. In certain high-density occupational settings where social distancing is difficult  
  5. In any outdoor space or outdoor place where or when a person is unable to maintain or does not maintain physical separation of at least six feet from others who are not members of their household  

Additionally, the Ordinance requires:  

  1. Workers in long term care facilities to wear a surgical mask  
  2. Health care facilities other than long term care facilities to follow the requirements of the CDC Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19)  
  3. All places of businesses must require all employees, independent contractors, workers and volunteers that interact with the public to wear the face coverings.  
  4. Businesses shall only sell or enter into a transaction with those who comply with the face coverings requirement

The Ordinance clarifies that a face covering shall be worn to cover the mouth and nose in compliance with the CDC guidance on wearing face coverings.  

There are exceptions to the requirement to wear a face covering in the following situations:  

  1. Any individual who cannot wear a face covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition or developmental disability, or who is unable to remove the face covering without assistance, and any individual who should not wear face coverings under the CDC guidance.  
  2. Individuals under 6 years old;  
  3. An individual that is actively eating or drinking. If a patron within a restaurant or bar is not seated at a table or at a bar, a face covering is required;  
  4. Seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible;  
  5. When giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;  
  6. Working at home or while in a personal vehicle;  
  7. When temporarily removing a face covering to secure government or medical services or for identification purposes;  
  8. Individuals who would be at risk from wearing a face covering at work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulations or workplace safety guidelines;  
  9. When wearing a face covering is impeding visibility to operate equipment or a vehicle;  
  10. A child whose parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place the face covering safely on the child’s face;  
  11. School individuals (including students, administrators, and teachers) on or in school or school district facilities, so that schools and school districts may follow the regulations and guidelines promulgated by their governing bodies and the Ohio Department of Education.  
  12. In settings where it is not practicable or feasible to wear a face covering such as when receiving dental services, medical treatments, or while swimming;  
  13. Walking or exercising outdoors so long as physical separation of not less than six feet is maintained, or while walking or exercising outdoors with other members of the same household;  
  14. While actually engaged in exercising in a gym or other similar indoor facility so long as physical separation of not less than six feet is maintained and the individual wears a face covering at all times when not actually engaged in exercising;  
  15. When an individual is in his or her work office, conference room, or other workspace not intended for use by the general public, so long as physical separation of not less than six feet is maintained;  
  16. When inside a personal or commercial vehicle either parked or moving that is not a vehicle used for public transportation or transit, or a taxi, ride-sharing vehicle or other vehicle for hire 
  17. Individuals while acting in their official capacity as a public safety employee or emergency responder when wearing a face covering would interfere with or limit their ability to carry out their official duties or functions. These include police officers, firefighters and other public safety or emergency medical personnel that support public safety functions;  
  18. Individuals complying with the directions of public safety employees or emergency responders 
  19. Individuals inside religious facilities;  
  20. Facilities owned and operated by the Federal, State, or County Government are exempt from this order.

Questions or concerns regarding the Worthington requirements and the enforcement of them can be directed to Columbus Public Health at 614-645-1519.

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