Face Coverings Required in Oxford

Monday, July 20, 2020

Face Mask Ordinance:

For the safety of our community and to help our businesses stay open, as well as assisting our children to be able to return to school, the Oxford City Council passed a face mask ordinance on July 14, 2020.  This new law is effective immediately and will be in place while the State of Ohio Executive Order 2020-01D is in effect. 

Details of the Ordinance:

Section 1.  All individuals within the City of Oxford shall wear a face covering over the individual’s nose and mouth and chin in accordance with the following:

  1. When entering, exiting, or waiting in line to enter a place of business that is open to the public, and while inside a place of business as to the areas within the place of business that are accessible to, and are intended for the use of, the public:
  2. For purposes of this Ordinance, “business” means any for-profit, non-profit, educational entities, or governmental entities (other than federal or state university) regardless of the nature of the service, the function it performs, or its corporate or entity structure.

“Place of business” means any facility, building, or structure operated by or for a business engaged in the sale or other transaction of any kind for anything of value in exchange for goods, commodities, services, or temporary lodging and that is open to the general public or by appointment, and includes, but is not limited to, grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies, health care facilities, restaurants and bars (including outdoor seating for such facilities), hotels and motels (excluding the rented room or suite), gyms and similar facilities, and the local school district; but excluding religious facilities.

  1. When entering, exiting, or waiting in line to enter a City of Oxford operated building or facility that is open to the public, and while inside a City of Oxford operated building or facility as to the areas within such City of Oxford facility that are accessible to, and are intended for the use of, the public.
  2. In any public transportation such as a bus or other public transit vehicle, a taxi or ridesharing vehicle or any other vehicle for hire, or at a transit stop or waiting area for any public transportation.
  3. In any outdoor space or outdoor place where or when a person is unable to maintain or does not maintain physical separation of not less than six feet from others who are not members of their own household.

Section 2.   All places of business shall require all employees that interact with the public to wear a face covering; and all places of business shall only sell or otherwise enter into any transaction of any kind for anything of value in exchange for goods, commodities, services, or provide temporary lodging to those who comply with this Ordinance. Any manager, owner, or person in charge of a place of business who fails or refuses to comply with this Ordinance may be in violation of this Ordinance.

Section 3.   The requirement to wear a face covering through this Ordinance does not apply in the following situations:

  1. Any individual who cannot wear a face covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition or developmental disability, or who is unable to remove the face covering without assistance, and any individual who should not wear face coverings under the CDC guidance. An individual is not required to produce medical documentation of the condition or disability, provided an employer may require such documentation from an employee in accordance with state and federal law.
  2. Individuals under 6 years old.
  3. Restaurant and bar patrons while eating or drinking. If a patron is not seated at his or her table or at the bar, a face covering is required.
  4. In settings where it is not practicable or feasible to wear a face covering such as when receiving dental services, medical treatments, or while swimming.
  5. Walking or exercising outdoors so long as physical separation of not less than six feet is maintained, or while walking or exercising outdoors with other members of the same household.
  6. While actually engaged in exercising in a gym or other similar indoor facility so long as physical separation of not less than six feet is maintained and the individual wears a face covering at all times when not actually engaged in exercising.
  7. The individual is actively participating in athletic practice, scrimmage, or competition that is permitted under a separate Department of Health order.
  8. When an individual is in his or her work office, conference room, or other workspace not intended for use by the general public.
  9. When inside a personal or commercial vehicle either parked or moving that is not a vehicle described in Section 1(c).
  10. Individuals while acting in their official capacity as a public safety employee or emergency responder when wearing a face covering would interfere with or limit their ability to carry out their official duties or functions. These include peace officers, firefighters, and other public safety or emergency medical personnel that support public safety operations.
  11. Individuals complying with the directions of public safety employees or emergency responders as described in 3(i).

Section 4.  For the purposes of this Ordinance, “face covering” means a piece of cloth, fabric, or other material that fully covers the mouth and nose and that is secured with ear straps or otherwise tied so as to prevent slipping. A face covering may be factory-made or may be handmade and improvised from household materials. Face coverings include, but are not limited to, bandanas, scarfs, medical masks, and cloth masks; and also include respirators, N95 masks or other personal protective equipment that provides a higher level of protection than a face covering defined in this Section. A face covering shall be worn so as to cover the mouth and nose in compliance with the CDC’s guidance on wearing face coverings.

Section 5.  A violation of this Ordinance shall be governed and processed by the provisions set forth in Chapter 507 of the Oxford Code of Codified Ordinances titled: Administrative Ticketing, Code Compliance and Hearing.  Whoever violates this Ordinance is subject to a civil penalty in the amount of $100.00.  

Section 6. For the reasons set forth in the preamble hereof, the Council declares this Ordinance to be an emergency measure which shall take effect at the earliest possible date permitted by law and shall remain in effect during the pendency of State of Ohio Executive Order 2020-01D.


How it will be enforced:

We are hoping for voluntary compliance, but if there are repeat offenders, we will resort to ticketing an individual or business owner with a civil penalty of $100.00

To report a concern call: 513-524-5200 and we will follow up with the appropriate party.

City Manager