In an Order dated July 6, 2020, the State of Ohio extended the deadlines for various orders until the State of Emergency declared by the Governor no longer exists, or the orders are rescinded or modified. The most recent Order requires facial coverings or masks. The Order states that businesses must allow all customers, patrons, visitors, contractors, vendors and similar individuals to use facial coverings, except for specifically documented legal, life, health or safety considerations and limited documented security considerations. Businesses must require all employees to wear facial coverings, except for one of the following reasons:
- Facial coverings in the work setting are prohibited by law or regulation
- Facial coverings are in violation of documented industry standards
- Facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons
- Facial coverings are in violation of a businesses documented safety policies
- Facial coverings are not required when the employee works alone in an assigned work area
- There is a functional, practical reason for an employee not to wear a facial covering in the work place.
Businesses must provide written justification, upon request, explaining why an employee is not required to wear a facial covering in the workplace. At a minimum, facial coverings should be cloth/fabric and cover an individual's nose, mouth and chin.
If you would like to see the full text of the latest Order, click here.