Face Coverings Requirement Repealed

Updated 5/20/2021

May 20 - Health Commissioner Advice to Navigate Changes in Mask Requirements

As we continue to adjust to the new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing for fully vaccinated people, Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts emphasizes that the pandemic is not over. Columbus Public Health serves as the health agency for the City of Worthington. To reduce confusion and align with current CDC guidance and State of Ohio orders, the Worthington City Council repealed its mask ordinance effective May 20, 2021. 

“Franklin County remains at a red alert level, and disease activity remains high in our community,” Dr. Roberts said. “Currently, only 40% of Franklin County residents are fully vaccinated.” Dr. Roberts advises residents who are not vaccinated to get the vaccine as soon as possible and to continue to wear a mask especially when indoors. Those with a medical reason that prevents them from getting the vaccine, should work with their healthcare providers to determine when they can get vaccinated. 

Dr. Roberts recommends those who are fully vaccinated to consider their personal situation and the risk to family, friends and community before completely abandoning their masks. With relatively high COVID activity in Columbus, fully vaccinated individuals should continue to wear a mask as appropriate in crowds. Everyone – vaccinated or not – also should continue to wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.

May 18 - Worthington Repeals Mask Ordinance to Conform with State Orders and CDC Guidance

To reduce confusion, Worthington City Council voted at its May 17, 2021 meeting to repeal its mask ordinance to conform with new State of Ohio Orders and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. The legislation was passed by emergency, so the 21-day wait period is waived and there is no public hearing, making the ordinance effective immediately upon publication on Thursday, May 20, 2021. See the ordinance here. Worthington's health agency, Columbus Public Health, supports the City's decision to terminate its face-covering requirements to be consistent with the State of Ohio and the CDC.

Last week the CDC announced new guidance that people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear face coverings or remain physically distant in most settings. Governor Mike DeWine issued a revised order that eliminates the state mask mandate for fully vaccinated people and conforms to CDC guidance. With the repeal of Worthington's ordinance, people are required to follow State orders, which will remain in effect until June 2 when Governor DeWine indicated all orders will be lifted. State orders require people who are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Ohio's order also reflects the CDC's recommendation that everyone wear masks when in a healthcare setting, when traveling on public transportation (including airplanes), and when at a business or employer that chooses to require masks. 

CDC Guidelines: 

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations. 
  • If you haven’t been vaccinated, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others. Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially around people who don’t live with you. Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Being in crowds makes you more likely to get or spread COVID-19, so avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces. And wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available. 

More information from the CDC