The following day, the governor said he realized the idea was “offensive” to many Ohioans and made wearing face masks while in stores optional for customers. It is still mandatory for workers.
“The answer isn’t to make people risk their health by going to work without adequate protections,” Whaley’s statement read. “No matter where you live or what you look like, we can all agree that no one should have to choose between paying bills and staying healthy.”
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The mayor wrote that to be “truly ‘in this together’ as Gov. DeWine has said, we must keep looking out for one another, even if that makes us uncomfortable by having to wear masks.”
She did note that she’s been “very impressed and supportive” of DeWine’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic and that she looks forward “to continuing to work with Gov. DeWine to support our state in this crisis.”