Beachwood becomes latest city to make face masks mandatory

Posted at 9:07 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 21:07:28-04

BEACHWOOD, Ohio — Beachwood has become the latest city to make face masks mandatory.

Beachwood City Council voted on Monday to mandate the wearing of facial coverings in Beachwood-based indoor areas accessible to the public.

“This is a public health requirement in the midst of the largest public health crisis of our lifetime,” said Council President James Pasch. “There is nothing more important than our health, and science shows that a simple face mask helps blunt the spread of the virus. It is incumbent on all of us, not just to look after ourselves, but also our neighbors, friends and entire community. If we all wear masks, we will all be safer. We must do our small part to save lives.”

According to the ordinance, all customers must wear facial coverings while they are:
• Inside a retail business establishment.
• In restaurants and bars when not at their table.
• In office spaces open to the public when they are inside the establishment.
• In any personal care and grooming business. While in a personal care and grooming business, “customers may take off their Facial Covering if they are receiving a facial treatment, shave, or other services on a part of the head which the Facial Covering covers or by which the Facial Covering is secured."

The ordinance allows businesses the right to refuse service to patrons not wearing masks.

According to the ordinance, residents with first receive a verbal warning, followed by an $85 fine.

“If you’re outside in Beachwood, running errands or visiting someone who isn’t part of your quarantine household, please: wear a mask,” said Mayor Martin Horwitz. “We want our residents, employees and visitors to stay healthy and wear face masks to promote the continued health of our city.”

Dayton was the first city in Ohio to require masks.

RELATED: Dayton city officials vote to make masks mandatory

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