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Cleveland councilman to introduce legislation that would require face masks to be worn in public

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 16:45:38-04

CLEVELAND — Legislation is expected to be introduced in Cleveland this month that, if passed, would require face masks or coverings to be worn in public spaces throughout the city to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Cleveland Councilman Tony Brancatelli plans to introduce the legislation at the next scheduled council meeting on July 15.

The legislation would require all individuals to wear a mask or face covering when out in public settings with an exemption for children under the age of two and for those with medical conditions that are affected by the masks or face coverings.

“It’s past the time to do this,” Councilman Brancatelli said. “With the increase in cases, we need to protect our residents as well as our businesses from having to shut down again.”

Other cities across Ohio have started passing similar legislation requiring citizens to wear masks or face coverings when out in public, including Dayton and Columbus.

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