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Mask order tightened; warning to restaurants, bars and gyms

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has issued a more strict mask order today, placing burden of enforcement on business owners for customers’ compliance.

Each business is now required to post signage at entrances requiring facial covering and is “responsible to ensure customers and employees are wearing masks” said the governor.

Along with the order announcement, DeWine said a new Retail Compliance Unit within the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has been created to inspect compliance.

A first violation will net a business a written warning.

The second violation closes a business for up to 24 hours.

The governor also warned that if the growing trend of the third wave of coronavirus cases in the state continues within the next week, bars, restaurants and fitness centers may also see closure orders on Nov. 19.

DeWine also detailed additional restrictions including prohibiting dancing and games in congregate settings.

See a full story in Thursday’s edition of The Times.

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