Rep. Sykes Statement On State Mask Mandate For Summit County
County falls in Level 3 of the state's new COVID-19 alert system

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement today following Gov. DeWine’s executive order to require facemasks in Summit County. Summit County is one of 12 counties, including Clermont, Fairfield, Lorain, Pickaway, Wood, Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Montgomery and Trumbull, that are subject to the governor’s mask mandate. Each of the counties falls within Level 3 of the state’s new Public Health Advisory System, which was unveiled July 2. Level 3 indicates very high exposure and spread of coronavirus.

Several cities in Ohio have already moved to require facemasks, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton.

“We’ve reached the point where our economy won’t be able to function if people don’t wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask is the right thing to do, not only to protect others, but also to get people back to work and to rebuild our social lives,” Rep. Sykes said.

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