Dayton Passes Law Requiring Masks
The Dayton City Commission on Wednesday unanimously passed a law requiring people to wear masks.
It's a dramatic attempt by the city to stem the spread of the coronavirus as the state's economy reopens.
The city ordinance goes into effect at 8 a.m. Friday, July 3. The law requires people to cover their nose and mouth when inside public places, including outside in situations where social distancing isn't possible.
The new law will be enforced by Dayton Police officers, who are empowered to issue $85 citations for failure to comply.
"Masks save lives. Masks are incredibly effective in reducing the spread of this virus," said Mayor Nan Whaley in a prepared statement. "Masks are a small sacrifice that we can all make to take care of one another and to keep our businesses open as we continue to weather this storm."
Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement that he supports Dayton's decision.
“I support Mayor Whaley's and Dayton's decision to require the use of masks in public places," the statement reads. "It’s an appropriate and welcome response to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in their area. Masks are recommended by the CDC and medical professionals to help protect other people. Wearing a mask will allow us to help keep businesses open and help prevent further spikes. I encourage other communities to consider following Dayton's lead.”
Commissioner said they took the action in response to concerns raised by Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County and the Ohio Department of Health about the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County.
Exceptions are made for people with medical conditions, mental health conditions, or developmental disabilities, as well as children under 6 years old.
The full ordinance is posted at daytonohio.gov/mask
At the same meeting, the Dayton City Commission also approved a $94,085 payment for ammunition for Dayton police and $33,020.28 worth of Tasers and Taser accessories.
With additional reporting by Mike Frazier.