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Cincinnati, Columbus and now Cleveland have followed Dayton’s steps and issued mask mandates after Dayton city commission’s unanimous vote to require face coverings.

The mask ordinance in Dayton went into effect at 8 a.m. Friday.

>> RELATED: Mask requirement begins today in Dayton

All people within the city are required to wear a mask inside public spaces and in outdoor areas where social distancing isn’t possible.

Children 6 and younger are exempt, as well as those with disabilities and mental health or medical issues that would limit a person’s ability to wear a mask.

Cincinnati City Council approved legislation requiring masks during a special meeting Friday, according to WCPO. People who do not wear a mask could face a $25 ticket. The mask requirement will go into effect on Thursday, July 9.

>> RELATED: Dayton approves mandatory mask law, cites rapid COVID-19 spread locally

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced an executive order Thursday requiring face masks in the state’s capital, also beginning Friday.

“We must stay the course of maintaining social distancing, washing hands and wearing facial coverings,” he shared on Twitter. “So today I am signing an executive order to mandate face coverings in Columbus.”

Ginther was among those who praised Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley for requiring face coverings following the mandate.

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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson on Friday signed an executive order mandating people wear face masks in public spaces to slow the spread of the coronavirus. It took effect Friday evening, Cleveland.com reported.

In June, Yellow Springs passed a resolution requiring face masks in the Central Business District, making it the first community it Ohio to pass legislation requiring face masks.

Although Gov. Mike DeWine has continually stressed the importance of wearing face masks — and wears them himself — and announced his support for Dayton’s mandate, he shied away from issuing any requirements at the state level.

Staff Writer Jen Balduf contributed to this report.