Columbus Requires Face Coverings

From the City of Columbus website

News Date: July 06, 2020

Information about the Face Mask Executive Order

This order requires the wearing of facial coverings when in public to slow the community spread of COVID-19 and shall be in full force and effect on and after July 3, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until such time as superseded by ordinance of City Council.

Face Covering Requirements

For the purposes of this executive order: “Face covering” means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face.

Where Face Coverings are required: All individuals are required to wear face coverings in indoor areas accessible to the public and within the confines of public or private transportation regulated by the City of Columbus, unless otherwise exempted, as follows:

a.     In Retail Businesses. Retail Businesses must have all workers wear Face Coverings when they are or may be within six (6) feet of another person. In addition, Retail Businesses must require that all customers wear Face Coverings when they are inside the establishment and may be within (6) feet of another person, unless the customer states that an exception applies.

b.     In Restaurants and Bars. Restaurants and bars must have all workers wear Face Coverings when they are or may be within six (6) feet of another person. In addition, restaurants and bars must require that all customers wear Face Coverings when not at their table/seat, unless the customer states that an exception applies.

c.      In Personal Care, Grooming, and Tattoo Businesses. Personal Care, Grooming, and Tattoo Businesses must have workers wear Face Coverings when they are or may be within six (6) feet of another person. In addition, the business must require that all customers wear Face Coverings when they are inside the establishment and may be within six (6) feet of another person, unless the customer states that an exception applies. Customers may take off their Face Coverings if they are receiving a facial treatment, shave, or other services on a part of the head which the Face Covering covers or by which the Face Covering is secured.

d.     In Child Care Facilities, Day Camps, and Overnight Camps. Child care facilities, day camps, and overnight camps must have workers, all other adults, and children six (6) years or older on site wear Face Coverings when they are or may be within six (6) feet of another person.

e.     In Transportation. All workers and riders on public or private transportation regulated by the City of Columbus, as well as all people in Columbus airports, bus, and train stations or stops, must wear Face Coverings when they are or may be within six (6) feet of another person. This provision does not apply to people traveling alone or with household members or friends in their personal vehicles, but does apply to ride-shares, cabs, vans, and shuttles, even if the vehicles are privately owned.

f.       In Certain High-Density Occupational Settings Where Social Distancing is Difficult. Social distancing is inherently difficult where multiple workers are together in manufacturing settings, at construction sites, and in agricultural settings. Therefore, in businesses or operations within North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors 311 to 339 (manufacturing), 236 to 238 (construction), and 111, 112, 1151, and 1152 (agriculture), all workers must wear Face Coverings when they are or may be within six (6) feet of another person.

g.     Long Term Care Facilities. All workers in Long Term Care (“LTC”) Facilities, including skilled nursing facilities (“SNF”), adult care homes (“ACH”), family care homes (“FCH”), mental health group homes, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (“ICF-IID”), must wear Face Coverings while in the facility, and those Face Coverings must be Surgical Masks, as long as Surgical Mask supplies are available.

h.     Other Health Care Settings. Health care facilities other than LTC facilities must follow the Face Covering requirements in the CDC Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19).

i.        Religious facilities and facilities owned and operated by the State of Ohio and the Federal Government are exempt from this order.

Exemptions: This Executive Order does not require Face Coverings for, and a Face Covering does not need to be worn by, a worker, customer, or patron who:

  • Should not wear a Face Covering due to any medical or behavioral condition or disability (including, but not limited to, any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, or incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to put on or remove the face covering without assistance);
  • Is under six (6) years of age;
  • Is actively eating or drinking;
  • Is strenuously exercising;
  • Is seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible;
  • Is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;
  • Is working at home or is in a personal vehicle;
  • Is temporarily removing his or her Face Covering to secure government or medical services or for identification purposes;
  • Would be at risk from wearing a Face Covering at work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulations or workplace safety guidelines;
  • Has found that his or her Face Covering is impeding visibility to operate equipment or a vehicle; or;
  • Is a child whose parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place the Face Covering safely on the child’s face; or
  • Is within a religious facility.

Application of Exceptions: Anyone who declines to wear a Face Covering for any of the reasons which constitute an exception should not be required to produce documentation or any other proof of a condition. Children under two (2) years of age should not be required to wear a Face Covering. 

Enforcement: Citations under this Executive Order shall be written only to businesses or organizations that fail to enforce the requirement to wear Face Coverings; this order’s purpose is to impose organizational criminal liability pursuant to CCC Sec. 2301.23.  Businesses and organizations are entitled to rely on their customers’ or patrons’ statements about whether or not they are excepted from the Face Covering requirements, and businesses and organizations do not violate this Executive Order if they rely upon such statements.

a.     Law enforcement personnel are not authorized to criminally enforce the Face Covering requirements of this Executive Order against individual workers, customers, or patrons.

b.     However, if a business or organization does not allow entry to a worker, customer, or patron because that person refuses to wear a Face Covering, and if that worker, customer, or patron enters the premises or refuses to leave the premises, law enforcement personnel may enforce the trespassing laws and any other laws that the worker, customer, or patron may violate.

Safe and LEGAL July 4th Fireworks

The Columbus Division of Fire regarding the illegal sale and discharge of fireworks throughout the City of Columbus.

Key take-aways:

  • The use of any explosive fireworks or rockets is illegal throughout the City of Columbus.
  • The only legal fireworks that may be displayed in Ohio are those that Snake, Smoke, Snap and Sparkle. 
  • Because the use of illegal fireworks can cause severe injuries, property destruction and death, the Columbus Division of Fire will have specialized teams of fire investigators deployed this weekend who can respond to calls of illegal firework sales and large professional-grade displays that put the safety of our residents at risk.
  • Do not set off illegal fireworks and if using snakes, smokes, snaps or sparkles, please take safety precautions.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!


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Explore Columbus History

You can contribute to documenting Columbus’ history by noting the local landmarks–stores, notable homes, parks, churches, streetscapes–in your photos of Northwest Columbus. Bring your photos and documents to Trustee Cheryl Grossman. Cheryl is working with librarians from the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Columbus Metropolitan Library to scan your photos or other materials for inclusion in the digital collection of central Ohio history. You may have seen pictures from this collection on the popular Columbus Neighborhoods series on WOSU.

In addition to the pleasure of contributing to the documentation of our neighborhood, you will have a high-quality scan of your pictures or documents. Photographs degrade over time or can be lost due to fires or water damage, so take this opportunity to back up yours. You can also specify how, or if, your materials can be used or you may be able to donate entire collections to the library.

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At the November meeting, the NWCA Board recommended for approval a reduction in setback for 6469 Nicholas Dr to allow for outdoor storage, a reduction of parking setback at 4825 Knightsbridge Blvd, and Meijer’s at 6175 Sawmill Rd to use parking lot space for a gas station, liquor sales, and outdoor merchandise sales.

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Proposal for 405 apartment units at the NW corner of Henderson and Olentangy (the Zimmerman property). Application docs: CV19-071 4497 Olentangy River Rd.Council Variance App and Z19-054 4497 Olentangy River Rd.Rezoning App

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Henderson Rd upgrade

Great news for the NWCA member area -“Upper Arlington officials are looking at an estimated $2 million upgrade of Henderson Road in 2019 geared at reducing stormwater flooding and better accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians.

The modifications are planned on a segment of Henderson Road from Riverside Drive to Sawmill Road.”

Read more here:

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Sheep Farm updates

Sheep Farm

October 2019– Trustee Roy Wentzel writes “Good news from the acting CRPD Director, Paul Rakoski, the design for the Historic Sheep 🐑 Farm is in the Capital budget for 2020.  Also, OSU will soon be vacating the property and the City will put up a fence to keep any illegal dumping from happening on the site.  OSU will also remove everything from the property that doesn’t belong like some of the dumping that has already occurred and removal of hay bales, old equipment, old RV, etc. Once that has been completed the city will bush hog the entire property and mow a walking path around the park!  They will keep that mowed until permanent path is installed.  At some point they will of course remove the fence so the park will be open!”

Roy is also advocating to use the property for neighborhood events in the short term and a library in the long term!

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