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Yes. To learn more, please review the Bowling Green Mask Ordinance (PDF).
All individuals within the City of Bowling Green shall wear a face covering over the individual's nose, mouth, and chin in accordance with the following:
Yes, the following exemptions apply:
No, unless you cannot maintain at least six feet distance from individuals outside of your household. However, if social distancing is not practical or if you are waiting in line outside of a business, then a mask must be worn outdoors.
A "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; but excluding religious facilities.
Individuals are not required to wear masks at a religious facility. However, the City along with the CDC and many other public health officials strongly recommend the wearing of masks at any public place.
Yes, businesses should instruct individuals to wear masks while inside their place of business. If someone does not comply with a business's request to wear a mask, they can be asked to leave. If the person refuses to leave there is an option to contact the Bowling Green Police Division (BGPD) at 419-352-1131 to request an officer respond to investigate the complaint. A Police Officer may issue a civil fine to the individual or trespass the individual off the property if requested by the business.
Yes, individuals being transported as a passenger are required to wear a mask.
Employees of businesses should follow the Responsible Restart Ohio sector specific operating requirements.
No, this ordinance does not apply to individuals with medical conditions, mental health conditions, or a developmental disability. Individuals should check the CDC guidelines for masks.
A "face covering" means a piece of cloth, fabric, or other material that fully covers the mouth, nose, chin, and is secured in place. A face covering may be factory-made or may be handmade and improvised from household materials. Face coverings include, but are not limited to:
A face covering shall be worn so as to cover the mouth and nose and chin in compliance with the CDC's guidance on wearing face coverings.
This ordinance took effect on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. At that point, all individuals, unless exempted, must wear a face covering when in an enclosed area with other people present. This ordinance will remain in effect until June 30, 2021 unless extended by City Council.