25 Cincinnati Businesses Selling Face Masks So You Can Stay Safe and Support Local

Face mask mandates go into effect for Hamilton and Butler counties at 6 p.m. July 8 and for the City of Cincinnati on July 9, which mean people need to wear masks in public starting then. If you need a mask or want a new one (or just another one to add to your collection) and want to shop local, here are 25 different ideas. And here are more details on both mask ordinances... The county-wide orders have been issued by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health and requires all citizens in all seven red alert counties in the state to wear a face mask in public. This includes: 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. The mask order does not apply to children under the age of 10 or any other minor — or anyone — who cannot safely wear a face covering. "This order will stay on as long as that county is at a red level or purple level," DeWine said. The City of Cincinnati ordinance will last as long as the mayor's Declaration of Emergency is in effect. Mayor Cranley issued that June 29, 2020. Violating the ordinance will result in a civil, not criminal, charge punishable by a $25 fine. The ordinance empowers the Cincinnati Health Department to enforce the law. Those wishing to report noncompliance are asked to call the Health Department at 513-357-7200 instead of calling the police. The health department will first offer a mask to someone who is not wearing one. If you refuse, then you'll be issued a citation. Individuals within the City of Cincinnati have to wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth when: "Entering, exiting or waiting in an indoor line" to get into a public place of business — that means grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies, health care facilities, restaurants and bars (while indoors), hotels and motels (unless you're in your rented room), gyms, etc. Religious facilities are not considered "places of business." You also have to wear a mask on public transit, which includes the streetcar, bus, rideshare (aka Uber and Lyft), taxi or any other vehicle for hire. When don't you have to wear a mask? When you're outside and can social distance. When you're at a restaurant or bar and are actively eating and drinking or when you're sitting outside. Otherwise, you need to have your mask on if you're wandering around the restaurant's public indoor spaces, like if you're going to the restroom. When you're actively exercising in a gym or other indoor facility and you can maintain social distance. When you're in your personal or commercial vehicle. When you're in your own office, conference room or workspace that isn't intended for the public. When you're engaged in an activity where it isn't feasible to wear a mask — like if you're receiving dental work, swimming, getting medical treatments, etc. If you are working in your official capacity as a public safety employee or emergency responder and a facial covering would interfere with you carrying out your job i.e. if you're a firefighter, police or peace officer or emergency medical or public safety personnel. If you're someone complying with the directions from one of the above. If you are on school grounds. Then you follow the discretion of the Ohio Department of Education and that school's governing body when it comes to mask use. Who is exempt from the mask ordinance? Individuals who can't wear a facial covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition or developmental disability. Those who cannot remove a facial covering without assistance. Those listed under CDC guidance as people who should not wear facial coverings. Kids who are younger than 6 years old.
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Elegance by Elesha
$8-$9.50
"This pink face mask is 1 size fits most. It measure approx. 6 inches from top to bottom at its highest point and about 9 inches across. It comes on 25 inches of black or white elastic (which ever is in stock) that is place around the head, so that your ears don't hurt. It can also be made to go around your ears. Your choice of no pocket or pocket for filter (filter not included)."
Machine washable. Choose from 2 to 4 layers, with or without a filter pocket. Also comes in a variety of other patterns.
Photo: Elegance by Elesha

Elegance by Elesha

$8-$9.50
"This pink face mask is 1 size fits most. It measure approx. 6 inches from top to bottom at its highest point and about 9 inches across. It comes on 25 inches of black or white elastic (which ever is in stock) that is place around the head, so that your ears don't hurt. It can also be made to go around your ears. Your choice of no pocket or pocket for filter (filter not included)."
Machine washable. Choose from 2 to 4 layers, with or without a filter pocket. Also comes in a variety of other patterns.
Photo: Elegance by Elesha
BlaCk OWned
$21
100% cotton facing with double strap over-the-head attachment. Pocket for removable filter. Fits most head sizes.
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BlaCk OWned

$21
100% cotton facing with double strap over-the-head attachment. Pocket for removable filter. Fits most head sizes.
Photo: facebook.com/ImBlackOwned
Cincy Shirts
$9
A reusable, 3-ply, 100% cotton mask with all around binding. Ear loops made with 1 x 1 rib construction for comfort and fit. Antimicrobial fabric inhibits growth of bacteria and fungi. Washable and reusable (antimicrobial quality lasts up to 40 washes).
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Cincy Shirts

$9
A reusable, 3-ply, 100% cotton mask with all around binding. Ear loops made with 1 x 1 rib construction for comfort and fit. Antimicrobial fabric inhibits growth of bacteria and fungi. Washable and reusable (antimicrobial quality lasts up to 40 washes).
Photo: Cincy Shirts
Helltown Workshop
$5 each
"All masks are a cotton or cotton blend with a layer of polypropylene. Recommended machine wash cold or hand wash, dry on lowest setting or air dry."
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Helltown Workshop

$5 each
"All masks are a cotton or cotton blend with a layer of polypropylene. Recommended machine wash cold or hand wash, dry on lowest setting or air dry."
Photo: facebook.com/helltownworkshopnorthside
Band of Weirdos
$18
Jacie Anderson-Coovert is based out of Milford and her Band of Weirdos brand mixes nerd with nostalgia. This mask, available on etsy, measures approx. 8"W x 5"H when pleats are fully expanded. It's 100% cotton with 1/8" elastic ear straps, and has no nose wire or filter pocket. Machine wash after each use, lay flat to dry.
For every mask purchased, she will donate a mask to a hospital in need.
Photo: Band of Weirdos etsy

Band of Weirdos

$18
Jacie Anderson-Coovert is based out of Milford and her Band of Weirdos brand mixes nerd with nostalgia. This mask, available on etsy, measures approx. 8"W x 5"H when pleats are fully expanded. It's 100% cotton with 1/8" elastic ear straps, and has no nose wire or filter pocket. Machine wash after each use, lay flat to dry.
For every mask purchased, she will donate a mask to a hospital in need.
Photo: Band of Weirdos etsy
Originalitees
$10 youth; $12 adult
Two sizes — youth and adult. Will fit most. Double layer polyester material with elastic ear bands. Reversible (other side has Originalitees logo), breathable and washable.
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Originalitees

$10 youth; $12 adult
Two sizes — youth and adult. Will fit most. Double layer polyester material with elastic ear bands. Reversible (other side has Originalitees logo), breathable and washable.
Photo: Originalitees
Handzy
$12
"The Suzy Reusable Mask features an elastic ear loop, adjustable wire at the nose and a filter insert. Includes one Black + White Grid mask." If sold out, Handzy also has several other mask options.
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Handzy

$12
"The Suzy Reusable Mask features an elastic ear loop, adjustable wire at the nose and a filter insert. Includes one Black + White Grid mask." If sold out, Handzy also has several other mask options.
Photo: Handzy
Stitches & Sass
$12
Handmade by Stitches & Sass. Comes in regular and XL (width un-stretched is 15.75"). There is a filter pocket and a spot to add a metal nose piece. All fabrics have been pre-washed, but wash your mask before wearing. Wash on gentle cycle and air dry to prevent? elastic from distortion. "Channel your Bubonic Plague defense with this print. Plague Doctors & all the fun things that go along with curing the disease in those early years are illustrated on a black background. The reverse side is a sage green kaleidoscope print."
Photo: Stitches & Sass

Stitches & Sass

$12
Handmade by Stitches & Sass. Comes in regular and XL (width un-stretched is 15.75"). There is a filter pocket and a spot to add a metal nose piece. All fabrics have been pre-washed, but wash your mask before wearing. Wash on gentle cycle and air dry to prevent? elastic from distortion. "Channel your Bubonic Plague defense with this print. Plague Doctors & all the fun things that go along with curing the disease in those early years are illustrated on a black background. The reverse side is a sage green kaleidoscope print."
Photo: Stitches & Sass
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
$18.99
"Show your love and support for hippos and The Cincinnati Zoo with our custom designed face mask. Constructed with two layers for safety. The outer layer is polyester and the inner layer, closest to the face, is made from a soft poly cotton blend. Non-medical grade face shield. Mask has super soft touch. Elastic loops over ears. Designed as a protective face cover and can be worn over medical masks. Reusable and machine washable. Dry low heat on short cycle."
Photo: Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

$18.99
"Show your love and support for hippos and The Cincinnati Zoo with our custom designed face mask. Constructed with two layers for safety. The outer layer is polyester and the inner layer, closest to the face, is made from a soft poly cotton blend. Non-medical grade face shield. Mask has super soft touch. Elastic loops over ears. Designed as a protective face cover and can be worn over medical masks. Reusable and machine washable. Dry low heat on short cycle."
Photo: Cincinnati Zoo
Eco Raw Studio
$10
This handmade raw silk mask comes in four colors: stone grey, desert gold, sky blue and white. It has a 100% cotton insert for added protection. One size fits most: 7" x 2.5" elastic ear straps. Wash by hand and hang dry or in a delicates bag on the gentle cycles. Children's sizes available upon request.
Photo: Eco Raw Studio

Eco Raw Studio

$10
This handmade raw silk mask comes in four colors: stone grey, desert gold, sky blue and white. It has a 100% cotton insert for added protection. One size fits most: 7" x 2.5" elastic ear straps. Wash by hand and hang dry or in a delicates bag on the gentle cycles. Children's sizes available upon request.
Photo: Eco Raw Studio