Toledo City Council passes mask mandate; mayor expected to sign order Tuesday

Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 5:09 PM EDT
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The Toledo City Council has officially passed a mandatory mask ordinance for the city of Toledo. That ordinance was passed in a vote during a special meeting of the City Council on Monday afternoon.

The ordinance will go into effect once Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz has signed it. Kapszukiewicz is expected to sign the order Tuesday, making it effective at that time.

Under the ordinance, masks would be required inside public buildings, including grocery stores, restaurants, and other businesses or structures. Schools are exempt from the order and will be allowed to implement their own rules regarding mask use.

Businesses that do not comply with the ordinance will face a $150 fine.

Exemptions to the rule include:

• Any individual who cannot wear one because of a medical condition, mental health condition, or developmental disability; an individual is not required to produce medical documentation of the condition or disability, provided an employer may require such documentation from an employee in accordance with state and federal law.

• Anyone under the age of 6.

• Restaurant and bar patrons while eating or drinking and seated at their table.

• In settings where it is not feasible, such as during a dental treatments, medical treatments, or swimming.

• While engaged in exercising in a gym or other indoor facility so long as social distancing guidelines are met.

• When an individual is in their work office, conference room, or other area not intended for use by the general public.

The ordinance will be enforced by the Toledo Police and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. A first offense will receive a written warning, and a second violation will result in a minor misdemeanor.

You can read the ordinance text here.