DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton City Commission unanimously voted to repeal the citywide mask ordinance Tuesday evening.
The commission also passed a resolution to recognize the CDC’s updated masking guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals, as well as a unanimous vote to oppose Governor Mike DeWine’s decision to end $300 pandemic unemployment payments in June.
The ordinance was adopted by the Commission on July 1, 2020, for purposes of reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, according to a release.
The repeal would put the city in line with the May 13 guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the Ohio Department of Health’s planned June 2 rescission of the majority of COVID-19 related health orders.
“We’re trying to add some clarification, some clarity in regards to this whole process,” Dayton City Commissioner Jeffrey Mims Jr. said.
The repeal does come with a few recommendations, which are based on the CDC’s guidelines.
Those who are vaccinated do not have to wear a mask in the City of Dayton.
Those who aren’t vaccinated are strongly encouraged to continue wearing one, and the Commission is urging people who aren’t to get vaccinated.
“That they find the way in their heart to become vaccinated so that they’re not unintentionally infecting other individuals,” Mims said.
The repeal was considered as an emergency measure with two readings at the May 19 meeting and will take effect immediately.
Businesses and organizations operating within the city of Dayton will be able to continue to require employees, customers and visitors to use facial coverings while inside buildings or in other circumstances as needed.
Dublin Pub owner Steve Tieber said his employees are looking forward to no longer having to enforce mask wearing in their restaurant.
“The fact that they can start not wearing their mask, and they can start not worrying about babysitting and policing the customers, and nobody likes that, the customers don’t like being told what to do, and the employees hate having to do it,” Tieber said. “We’re ready.”
1880 Candle Co. announced their COVID-19 plan on social media around the same time as the Commission’s decision.
Owner Shana Lloyd said they plan to continue with capacity limits after June 2nd, but will no longer require masks.
“We have no way of asking, of proving that, and we’re definitely not going to be carding people at the door, so our hope is that we know by saying if you haven’t been vaccinated, we encourage you just for your own safety to wear a mask while in our shop,” Lloyd said.
The City of Dayton will continue to require employees and visitors to use facial coverings in city facilities until further notice.