Both the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County — via the Ohio Department of Health — have new mask mandates in place requiring the use of face coverings in public.
According to Gov. Mike DeWine, Hamilton County's order, which goes into effect at 6 p.m. July 8 and is in effect as long as the county is in the "red" alert stage of the new Public Health Advisory Alert System for COVID, masks must be worn:
- When you're in any indoor location that is not a residence.
- When you're outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from individuals who are not members of your household.
- While you're are waiting for, riding in, driving or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private car service or a ride sharing vehicle.
Cincinnati's ordinance is similar and violating it is punishable by a $25 civil fine.
So, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has announced a new requirement for mask-wearing on zoo grounds. In accordance with both rules, guests must start wearing masks in some areas and in some instances while in the park starting Thursday, July 9.
This includes in:
- All indoor buildings;
- Train lines;
- Food and retails lines;
- Outdoor areas where it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of distance from others, including at Gorilla World and Hippo Cove;
- For giraffe feedings.
"The State mandate requires masks outdoors when people are not able to consistently maintain a safe social distance of 6ft. We’re asking people to pull masks up when passing others on Zoo grounds,” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard in a release. “Employees are required to wear masks at all times.”
Basic masks will be available at the zoo for $1. They also have themed zoo masks for purchase online.
Indoor zoo buildings that are now open are Manatee Springs, Insect World, the Reptile House, Dragons and Wings of the World (look for the new King Penguin chick there). You must wear a mask in all.
For more information and tickets, visit cincinnatizoo.org.
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