Akron City Councilwoman to propose making masks mandatory in city

Posted at 10:21 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 22:21:16-04

AKRON, Ohio — The City of Akron is considering making masks mandatory in public.

Councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples has drafted an ordinance that would require masks at all public locations, unless a person is eating, works in a place that prohibits facial coverings, working alone in an assigned area or has health reasons.

According to the draft of the ordinance, anyone found in violation of the ordinance could be charged with a misdemeanor.

Akron's consideration comes after Dayton was the first major city in the state to require masks.

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According to Dayton's ordinance, anyone inside an enclosed space with other individuals present would be required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth or an outdoor space where 6 feet of social distancing is not possible.

Samples plans on introducing Akron's drafted ordinance on July 13.

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