Face Coverings Requirement
Mask Guidance Updated for Fully Vaccinated
On April 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated mask guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, you don't need to wear a mask outside, except in crowded settings. Learn more here
Vaccines are now available with or without an appointment. Learn more about vaccine locations, hours and availability through these health partner links:
Worthington Ordinance Requiring Face Coverings
The City of Worthington has instituted a requirement for the wearing of face coverings (masks) effective Tuesday, July 7, 2020. This requirement was put in place upon the advice of public health officials and is in response to Franklin County being designated as high risk in the Public Health Advisory System.
On July 22, 2020, Governor DeWine announced a new statewide mask order that applies to all counties in Ohio. Learn more here.
City Council passed by emergency Ordinance 30-2020, which enacted a new Chapter 767 of the Codified Ordinances to require the wearing of face coverings. Ordinance 33-2020 was slightly amended by City Council at its July 20, 2020 meeting to be more in line with mask requirements enacted by the State of Ohio and City of Columbus. The Ordinance states that individuals shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all time when:
- In any indoor location that is not a residence.
- Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private car service, or a ride-sharing vehicle. This does not apply to private or rental vehicles where members of a family are sharing a vehicle. This does not apply to vehicles engaged in direct travel through the City of Worthington that do not stop in the City of Worthington;
- In any outdoor space or outdoor place where or when a person is unable to maintain or does not maintain physical separation of at least six feet from others who are not members of their own family or household. However, this provision shall not apply if it is not reasonably possible to avoid a temporary physical separation of less than six feet, such as walking past someone on a narrow path.
Additionally, the Ordinance requires:
- All places of business shall require all employees, contractors, volunteers, and any other individuals that interact with the public to wear a face-covering.
- Businesses shall only sell or enter into a transaction with those who comply with the face coverings requirement.
See exemptions and other details outlined in Ordinance 30-2020 (amended 7/20/2020)
The Ordinance clarifies that a face-covering shall be worn so as to cover the mouth and nose in compliance with the CDC guidance on wearing face coverings. Download how-to mask guidelines from the CDC (right.)
Mask Fitting Guidance
Although case numbers are going in the right direction, health experts advise that we cannot let our guard down or ease up on mask-wearing and social distancing measures. There is still much uncertainty about new variant coronavirus strains and how they may impact our communities. The risk of exposure and spread is still extremely high. Please remember to always wear a mask, practicing social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you're sick.
The CDC says wearing your mask properly is key to stopping the spread. They advise that double masking may stop the spread even more effectively. It is also important to wear your mask snugly against your face so that there are no gaps to allow droplets to escape or enter.