Responsible RestartOhio: Face Covering Requirements

April 29, 2020

On April 27, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine unveiled Responsible RestartOhio, which outlines guidelines for gradually reopening Ohio businesses in a three-step process beginning May 1 for medical practices and wellness visits, dentists, and veterinarians; May 4 for manufacturers, distributors, construction, and general office environment; and May 12 for consumer and retail services.

As part of these guidelines, he established strong recommendations for facemasks to be used by employees, customers and guests, who were all required to wear face coverings at all times.

On Tuesday, April 28, Governor DeWine relaxed facemask guidelines for customers and guests.  Face coverings for customers and guests are recommended, but not required. This leaves the facemask decision up to individual business owners who may require their customers to wear face coverings, but it is no longer required by the State of Ohio.

The Governor did not relax facemask guidelines for employees.  Face coverings are required for all employees, unless not advisable by a healthcare professional, against documented industry best practices, or not permitted by federal or state laws and or regulations.

For additional information, go to the Ohio Department of Health Responsible RestartOhio.


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