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File #: 0683-2022    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 3/1/2022 In control: Health & Human Services Committee
On agenda: 3/7/2022 Final action: 3/7/2022
Title: To repeal Ordinance 2388-2021 pertaining to the wearing of face coverings in response to the spread of COVID-19; and to declare an emergency.

Explanation

The purpose of this ordinance is to repeal ordinance 2388-2021 requiring the wearing of face coverings in the City of Columbus in response to the spread of COVID-19 in light of new guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding COVID-19 Community Levels issued on February 25, 2022.

Title

To repeal Ordinance 2388-2021 pertaining to the wearing of face coverings in response to the spread of COVID-19; and to declare an emergency.

Body

WHEREAS, beginning in March 2020, the City of Columbus experienced an ongoing threat of an acutely hazardous disease, illness, or health condition; specifically, COVID-19, that was caused by the appearance of a novel infectious agent resulting in international, federal, state and local declarations of states of public health emergencies; and

WHEREAS, on September 13, 2021, following consideration of the then-current rate of community transmission, the available information about the COVID-19 virus and emerging variants, consulting with Columbus Public Health, and considering guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Columbus City Council concluded that the safety of residents was best protected by implementing a face covering requirement and so passed Ordinance 2388-2021 mandating the same; and

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance on February 25, 2022 that communities with low or medium level strain on the local health care system due to COVID-19 may resume activities done prior to the pandemic without a mask or physical distancing; and

WHEREAS, on February 28, 2022, the Columbus Public Health Commissioner recommended the end of the mask requirement following the updated guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that masks are not necessary in counties with low or medium community levels; and

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the usual daily business of the city in that it is immediately necessary to repeal ordinance 2388-2021 in order for the city’s public health guidelines to be consistent with CDC guidance the recommendations of the Public Health Commissioner; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS:

SECTION 1.  That Ordinance 2388-2021 is hereby repealed.

SECTION 2. That for the reasons stated in the preamble hereto, which is made a part hereof, this ordinance is hereby declared to be an emergency measure and shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and approval by the Mayor, or ten days after passage if the Mayor neither approves nor vetoes the same.