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File #: 1643-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/2/2020 In control: Health & Human Services Committee
On agenda: 7/6/2020 Final action: 7/9/2020
Title: To require the wearing of face coverings in public spaces in the City of Columbus to reduce and prevent the spread of Covid-19; to allow for enforcement and assessment of a civil penalty by Columbus Public Health for a violation of said mandate; and to declare an emergency. (AMENDED BY ORD. 1807-2020; PASSED 7/27/2020)
Explanation
Due to the ongoing health crisis and public health emergency and to reduce and prevent the spread of Covid-19, there exists a need for a face covering (mask) requirement in the City of Columbus.

Fiscal Impact: No funding is required for this legislation

Title
To require the wearing of face coverings in public spaces in the City of Columbus to reduce and prevent the spread of Covid-19; to allow for enforcement and assessment of a civil penalty by Columbus Public Health for a violation of said mandate; and to declare an emergency. (AMENDED BY ORD. 1807-2020; PASSED 7/27/2020)

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WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a new strain of coronavirus that had not been previously identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person. The virus is spread between individuals who are in close contact with each other (within about six feet) through respiratory droplets. It may be possible that individuals can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes; and

WHEREAS, on January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern; and

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on February 1, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health issued a statewide Health Alert Network to provide local health departments with updated guidance for COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency for the entire State of Ohio in relation to COVID-19 pursuant to the Governor’s authority vested in him by the Constitution, the laws...

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