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Gov. Mike DeWine 'not ruling out' statewide mask mandate

Mike DeWine
Posted at 11:44 AM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 20:04:02-04

Gov. Mike DeWine told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that he is not ruling out a statewide mask mandate.

Currently, 60% of the state is under a mask mandate.

DeWine said he knows that it might be difficult when driving around the state to know which county is under a mask mandate or not, but more counties may be joining that mandate.

“While we did a great job early on in Ohio, we are headed in the wrong direction and frankly, I’m very, very concerned about that,” DeWine said.

DeWine said he expects to announce new health orders later this week. He also announced that the state will be launching ads to help people understand the importance of wearing a mask.

“You wear the mask for other people. You wear the mask to protect your grandmother.”

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