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Tuesday, July 7

The COVID19 pandemic is ongoing in the United States, with the state of Ohio reporting an increase in infection rates. Franklin County is currently managing the highest rate of new cases in the state and is in danger of triggering the highest public health threat level under Governor DeWine’s new Public Health Advisory Alert System.

On July 2, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced a citywide mandate for mask/facial covering for residents and visitors in public. In the days following this announcement, several surrounding communities adopted similar executive orders or legislation. It is important to note that these orders vary by city, based on enforcement and other factors (see more below). 

On Monday, July 6, the City of Westerville adopted an Executive Order  to provide business and property owners support in mandating mask/facial covering use and encouraging use of the same in public places. The Order becomes effective at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8 and is applicable only within the corporate limits of Westerville.   

What does the Order include? 

  • Acknowledges masks/face coverings are recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

  • Encourages mask/facial coverings as recommended by public health experts specifically to slow the spread of COVID19.

  • Acknowledges medical conditions and other factors (age, ability, etc) may exempt an individual from mask/facial covering use.

  • Provides support for business and property owners to legally trespass a non-compliant individual who refuses to wear a mask/facial covering on their property.

What does the Order exclude?

Because of factors related to enforcement and compliance/complaint monitoring, the City’s Order does not require a full citywide mandate for mask/facial covering in public at this time. Rather, this Order provides the authority to the businesses and property owners to establish and enforce such requirements at their location. 

Why isn’t the Order like Columbus, Bexley, Dublin, Worthington, Upper Arlington, etc?

Orders, policies and pending legislation vary from city to city. Many of these communities have taken very different enforcement approaches from each other based on their specific community’s expectations and needs.  The Westerville Order is an initial action to provide support for community-wide mask/facial covering use in public spaces. 

Will the City amend the Order to include a full citywide mandate? 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Westerville has been closely monitoring developments with the Ohio Department of Health and remained in close consultation with Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) on all matters pertaining to the management of COVID19. As the pandemic progresses or regresses, the City will continue to seek the best guidance concerning future regulatory actions based on the advice and counsel of relevant public health authorities.

How will it be enforced?

Property owners and businesses who opt for a face covering requirement are first asked to deny service, similar to “no shoes, no shirt, no service” standards that already exist. The Westerville Division of Police (WPD) will treat non-compliant mask/facial covering complaints as trespassing complaints.



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Additional Resources for COVID-19:
  • Ohio Department of Health
    • Contact the State of Ohio COVID-19 hotline, open every day from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)
    • COVID-19 Checklists
  • FCEM&HS Launches Coronavirus Text Message Alerts
    Residents can text “COVID19FC” to 888-777 to receive coronavirus information on their mobile device
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    The City of Westerville is collecting inspirational images to archive the community’s response to and unity in the collective efforts to do what’s best during these unprecedented times.

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Separate But United During COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated on 04/20/2020 12:51 PM

The City is sharing and archiving the community’s response to and unity during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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