City Requires All Visitors to City Hall to Wear Face Coverings
In line with recommendations from the State of Ohio’s new Stay Safe Ohio Order, which is effective through Friday, May 29, the City of Whitehall has determined that for the safety of City employees and those we serve, all visitors to City Hall are now required to wear a face mask or similar face covering (both nose and mouth must be covered).
As with the State of Ohio’s order, reasonable exceptions will be made for those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons as well as for those under the age of two. In these cases, for everyone’s safety, we encourage you to determine if your business with the City can first be conducted online or over the phone, instead of physically visiting City Hall.
Similarly, while not required by the Stay Safe Ohio Order, we strongly encourage all Whitehall residents to consider wearing a face mask or other face covering anytime they visit a local business or are in a public place. This is in line with current recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Specifically, the CDC states that:
"It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. [The] CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others."
Note that this recommendation is for cloth face coverings, or other similar material, and not for surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
How to Wear Face Coverings
Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items can be used as an additional public health measure. Masks can easily be made at home from t-shirts, bandanas or other cotton fabric. Cloth face coverings should...
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Learn how to make a face covering >>
Thank you for joining us in considering those around you as we combat COVID-19 together as a community.