Dayton mayor shares ‘disappointment’ with DeWine’s face mask mandate reversal

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said she’s disappointed that Gov. Mike DeWine and his administration rolled back a mandate that would require customers to wear face masks while shopping.

“This decision prioritizes the comfort of a few people over the health and safety of the rest of us — especially frontline workers,” read a statement posted to her Twitter.

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On Monday, DeWine announced plans to start reopening Ohio, including guidelines and restrictions for workers and consumers.

One of those restrictions required workers and customers to wear face masks or coverings while in retail stores.

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.”

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