15 Ohio businesses warned by ODH for retail mask compliance violations last week

15 Ohio businesses warned by ODH for retail mask compliance violations last week
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COLUMBUS — An additional 15 businesses were issued warnings by the Ohio Department of Heath’s Retail Compliance Unit for violations of the state’s retail mask order last week, according to data released Thursday.

The 15 businesses warned represents less than 1 percent of the over 1,700 businesses visited by the RCU last week in 73 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Since the ODH began reporting mask compliance statistics in late November, 133 businesses across the state have been warned.

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Those 133 businesses are only 1 percent of the of the over 13,300 businesses observed since late November.

None of those businesses have received second warnings and have been forced to close.

A first violation of the mask order results in a warning for a business, according to the ODH order. Repeat violations result in the business being forced to close immediately for up to 24 hours to allow any airborne COVID-19 droplets to dissipate.

Nearly 95 percent of all customers were observed properly wearing masks last week, which is just under the cumulative total which is close to 94 percent.

Over 95 percent of employees were properly wearing masks, which is near the state’s average.

Only 2 percent of the businesses observed did not have proper signage for mask compliance. In total, over 97 percent of Ohio businesses observed by the RCU have had proper signage reminding customers of the retail mask order.