DeWine says face mask order went 'too far'

Posted at 10:02 AM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 12:23:51-04

Governor Mike DeWine said his previous mandate to wear face masks in stores went "too far" on ABC's "This Week."

DeWine faced criticism for the original requirement, which was ordered and reversed this week. He said requiring people to wear a mask was "offensive" to some Ohioans.

"Generally, Republicans are less inclined to have the government tell them what to do, and that's generally how I am," DeWine told ABC.

While the stay-at-home order for Ohio has been extended through the end of May, retail stores are allowed to reopen on May 12.

DeWine still strongly encourages customers to wear a mask while shopping.