Cloth face coverings can prevent asymptomatic people from inadvertently spreading the coronavirus to others through respiratory droplets. Masks should not be used by people with breathing trouble or for children under age 2, the CDC says.
House Bill 682 is co-sponsored by 11 Republicans, including Miami Valley area representatives John Becker, George Lang, Phil Plummer and Paul Zeltwanger.
DeWine initially announced that Ohioans would be required to wear facial coverings in public but quickly reversed course after hearing negative feedback from people who view mandatory masks as a government overreach.
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