COLUMBUS — As coronavirus cases spike in the Buckeye State and health experts are attributing the increase to “people … not wearing masks,” local leaders are taking action — in the absence of a statewide order from Gov. Mike DeWine — to protect the health and safety of Ohioans by requiring face coverings in public in their communities.
“We are incredibly proud of the Ohio leaders who are following the science and listening to experts who are advocating for public mask requirements to slow the spread of the coronavirus,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “We should not wait until we are the next Arizona or Texas and our hospitals are stretched to the breaking point before taking decisive action to protect the health and safety of Ohioans — lives are at stake. As Mike DeWine refuses to institute a statewide order, the leaders of Yellow Springs, Bexley, Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Grandview Heights and Whitehall are stepping up and requiring masks in their communities. Leaders in Cuyahoga County, Akron, Upper Arlington and Toledo are considering similar action.
“This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. Unfortunately, it seems that most Ohio Republicans are taking their cues not from the vast majority of Americans who support wearing face masks to protect public health or our GOP governor, but from the president, who refuses to wear a face mask, refuses to practice social distancing and holds rallies in crowded settings. Donald Trump is increasing the chances that many more Americans will die from the coronavirus, and he’s doing it because he thinks it will help him politically.”