Starting at 6 p.m. today, Butler County will be one of seven Ohio counties – including Hamilton and Montgomery counties in southwest Ohio — designated for the mandatory mask order for those out in public and unable to maintain social distancing from others.
Right after DeWine announced the mandate, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said “we are not the mask police,” and added he will not order his deputies to enforce DeWine’s orders. Police officials in Middletown and Fairfield echoed similar sentiments.
Masks are required when inside any location that is not a residence and when people are outside and unable to maintain a minimum distance of six feet apart from others who are not in their household.
Face masks must also be worn while waiting for and using public transportation, as well as taxis, ride-sharing vehicles or a private care service.
Butler County Health Commissioner Jennifer Bailer said she understands “masks are controversial,” but they’re the most efficient way to reduce the spread of COVID.
Bailer said Butler County set a one-day record when 45 residents tested positive for coronavirus. She said none of them has died. She has heard that the number of hospitalizations in the county are on the rise.