Masks Required in All Public Places
July 9, 2020: Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz has joined
other mayors across Ohio to declare that all residents of Toledo
should wear face coverings when in public.
Covid-19 is a respiratory
disease that can result in very serious illness or death. The
virus is easily spread between individuals who are in close
contact through the respiratory droplets of an infected person
when coughing, sneezing, talking, and singing.
“The increase in Covid-19 cases requires us to take this
important action to protect our residents and our businesses,”
Kapszukiewicz said. “Masks will save lives, and every day
matters. Given the choice of a mask or the risk of
hospitalization and further economic pain, I am certain
Toledoans will choose to wear a face covering.”
The declaration requires face coverings to be worn, covering the
mouth and nose, in enclosed areas with others. This includes:
grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies, health care
facilities, libraries, bars, restaurants, and while using public
Individuals are not required to wear masks at a religious
facility. However, the city, along with the local and state
health departments, and the CDC, strongly recommend the wearing
of masks at any public place.
The declaration allows for some exemptions, including medical
conditions, children younger than 6, or the need to communicate
via lip-reading with someone who has a hearing impairment.
Wearers may remove the covering to eat or drink.
Although the Mayor’s declaration does not carry the force of
law, the Mayor hopes that it will provide fair notice to
Toledoans to begin wearing masks as a health necessity. The
Mayor expects City Council to adopt a similar approach.