Worthington Mask Requirement
As public health continues to be threatened by a resurgence in cases of COVID-19 due to the highly contagious Delta variant, the City of Worthington has joined the City of Columbus and other central Ohio communities in instituting a face covering requirement for all publicly accessible indoor locations. The requirement applies to all individuals, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
Worthington City Council passed Ordinance 45-2021 at its September 13, 2021 meeting requiring the wearing of face coverings to reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and declaring an emergency. The ordinance will be in effect for six months or until it is rescinded. Council will continue to receive monthly situation updates from our health agency, Columbus Public Health, and evaluate current conditions in determining when the requirement might be lifted. Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts informed City Council that she would recommend lifting the requirement if Franklin County had four consecutive weeks in the CDC’s yellow (moderate transmission) category, which is less than 50 new COVID cases per 100,000 persons.
The ordinance requires all people ages three and over within the City of Worthington to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in indoor areas accessible to the public and when traveling on public transportation. There are exceptions for people who cannot wear face coverings because of medical or mental health conditions, developmental disabilities or other instances based on CDC guidance.
- See the full ordinance with requirements and exceptions here.
- Download and print a sign for your location
Enforcement will be complaint driven and enforced by Columbus Public Health. Warnings may be issued first, with the goal of educating those not wearing masks about the importance of masking for public health, protecting themselves and those around them. Second and subsequent violations may result in fines. Complaints can be submitted by calling 614-645-3111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If visitors to City buildings do not have a mask, they will be provided one at the front counter at each location.