Mask Mandate Reinstated in Columbus


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Columbus City Council voted Monday to reinstate the indoor mask mandate for public places.

It goes into effect once it's signed by Mayor Andrew Ginther, which is expected to happen on Tuesday, and replaces the executive order issued by Ginther last week.

The order requires anyone over age 3 to wear a mask in an indoor public area, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

The vote on Monday faced opposition from residents and business owners, with some saying employees will be harassed and assaulted again for trying to enforce it.

The order will be enforced by the city by Columbus Public Health, and violations will be considered trespassing.

Fines are also part of the order after the first violation, which is only a warning for both customers and businesses. Customers face a $100 fine for a 2nd violation, and a $250 fine for every subsequent violation.

Businesses could be fined $500 for a 2nd violation, and $1,000 for each succeeding violation.

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