Ben Asks a Question: Will Ohioans be required to wear masks?

Posted at 10:50 PM, Apr 20, 2020

COLUMBUS — We’ve flattened the curve, and someday soon it will be time to start planning to return to normal life.

But with the CDC recommending the use of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many Ohioans like WCPO viewer Valieria Milner wonder if the state will require them to wear masks as they return to work and go out in public again.

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Gov. Mike DeWine left open the possibility of making it mandatory for people to wear masks in public.

"It just makes sense that anyone in public wears a mask,” DeWine said. “It is more for the protection of everyone else than for you, but if everyone's doing it then it's reciprocal. That and social distancing will make a difference."

Ohio will start the process of reopening on May 1, but the governor warns life will not resume as normal for a while.

"As we try to get people back to work, everybody's going to have to do some things that we haven't done before," DeWine said.