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DeWine issues statewide mask order

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday issued an order requiring all Ohio residents to wear facial coverings at all times in public.

The order takes effect at 6 p.m. Thursday. All 88 counties in the state fall under the order.

According to a tweet from DeWine, masks must be worn at all times when at an indoor location that is not a residence; when outdoors and unable to keep at least 6 feet of social distance from others who don’t live in your household; and when waiting for, riding, driving or operating public transportation, a taxi, car service or ride share.

The order applies to everyone 10 years of age and older. Exceptions can be made for tose with medical conditions or disabilities that would make it difficult to wear a mask, those who are exercising or playing a sport, officiants at religious services and people who are engaged in action related to public safety. Masks will not be required when eating or drinking, such as while dining at a restaurant.

DeWine says widespread use of masks could make a difference regarding when schools will be able to reopen.

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