Mask Mandate Rescinded for City of Columbus

Happy and relaxed boy takes off the protective mask and smiles with closed eyes. Outdoors, spring sunny day.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Columbus City Council voted Monday to immediately end the mask mandate for indoor public spaces in the city.

The order was also signed by Mayor Andrew Ginther, with masks required for indoor public spaces across the city since September 2021.

The move follows a recommendation from Columbus Public Health, and declining COVID-19 case numbers, as well as updated guidelines from the CDC. It took approval from city council to rescind it, since they originally voted to put it in effect.

Business owners can still ask patrons to wear a mask. Face coverings are also still required on public transportation, including COTA buses, until March 18th, when the federal mandate expires.

A mask mandate for buildings in the Columbus City School district also ends on Tuesday, March 8th.

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