Ohio Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, commended Mayor Nan Whaley and called her actions a “courageous step.”
“Each person has the power to prevent the coronavirus spread by simply wearing a mask,” she said. “Control of this virus must not become a political weapon, but rather something each of us does out of consideration for our neighbors. I hope that other communities throughout Ohio will be inspired to follow Dayton’s lead.”
Lehner said that as more cases and hospitalizations are reported each day in Montgomery County, it’s clear that the virus isn’t going away.
“There is now mounting evidence from both the CDC and WHO that wearing masks can help control the spread of the virus by blocking respiratory droplets emitted from speaking, breathing and coughing,” she said.
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In Columbus, Mayor Andrew Ginther also echoed his support for Whaley and Mayor Ben Kessler in Bexley, another community with a face mask mandate.
“We are seriously considering doing the same in Columbus,” Ginther said.
Ginther is scheduled to make an announcement at 1 p.m. today regarding masks and coronavirus.