Ohio Department of Health to require wearing of masks in Montgomery County

Montgomery County is one of seven statewide to require the wearing of a face mask in public.

Specifically the order requires people to wear masks:
* When they are in any indoor location that is not a residence
* When they are outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their          household
* When they are waiting for, riding, driving or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private care service, or a ride-sharing vehicle

The order takes effect on Wednesday, July 8, at 6 p.m.

Last week the Governor unveiled the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, which uses one of four levels to classify each of Ohio’s 88 counties in terms of COVID-19 impact.
* Level 1, indicated on the map as yellow, is the lowest public emergency alarm level, indicating that the virus is present in the county, and       actively spreading.
* Level 2, indicated on the map as orange, indicates on ongoing public emergency with an increasing exposure and spread of the virus.
* Level 3 is indicated on the map as red, and is used to classify counties with a very high exposure and spread. Montgomery County is one of     seven statewide designated as Level 3.
* Level 4 is the highest possible threat level, and would be indicated with the color purple. Currently there are no Ohio counties designated as Level 4.

Children under the age of 10 and those with a medical reason are exempt.

Businesses are expected to comply with the order, but will not be responsible for enforcing the order.

Violation of the order will be a misdemeanor criminal offense.

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