- Published: July 6, 2020
Thanks for your comment. Yes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is believed to spread from person to person “mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.”
“These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).” Source.
The federal government has deferred to the states with regards to mandating use of masks as a public health measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Although requiring employees to wear masks, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has deferred to municipalities when it comes to mask wearing by the general public.
So far, a handful of cities in Ohio have passed mask mandates, including Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. Yellow Springs does not have a law requiring masks be worn in public, but has passed a resolution encouraging their use in stores and sidewalks in the downtown area.