March 2022: City of Columbus Lifts Mask Mandate

15 Mar

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Update Applicable to:
All employers in the city of Columbus, Ohio

What happened?
On March 7, 2022, Mayor Ginther lifted Ordinance 2388-2021, the indoor mask mandate for Columbus, Ohio.

What are the details?
Effective as of March 7, 2022, all individuals are no longer required to wear a face covering in indoor spaces and public or private transportation.

While Columbus is no longer under a mask mandate, the Columbus City Health Department still recommends face coverings for those who are unvaccinated, have an underlying condition or live with someone who does, recently tested positive for COVID-19, or are in a healthcare facility or other business that requires them.

Despite the rescission of Ordinance 2388-2021, masks are still required under federal order by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter buses and rail systems through at least April 18, 2022.

For more information, please see the links below:

Ordinance 2388-2021

Ohio Department of Health Statewide Universal Recommended Best Practices

Article

City of Columbus Article

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links provided above, continue to monitor their local masking requirements, and reach out to their local health department in case of any specific rules.

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