by Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal
A spokesman for Governor Mike DeWine recently said that even though the governor ordered people to wear masks inside Franklin County’s public spaces, that order won’t be enforced against some of the state’s most public people inside the state’s most public building.
DeWine Press Secretary Dan Tierney said the order won’t be enforced against lawmakers and members of their staffs inside the Statehouse.
“The governor has been very respectful of the separation of powers,” Tierney said in an interview.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Dave Yost didn’t comment on the latest health order after speaking out against enforcement of an earlier one by the governor and after saying local orders couldn’t be enforced against state buildings and officials.
With the number of COVID-19 cases spiking in Ohio, DeWine has announced mask orders in the seven Ohio counties that are on Level 3 alert for the disease: Franklin, Cuyahoga, Hamilton, Montgomery, Butler, Huron and Trumbull.
Of those, Franklin County is closest to tipping into the state’s highest alert level — 4 — DeWine said. Even so, many legislative Republicans, including House Speaker Larry Householder, have refused to wear masks in the Statehouse and in the towering state office buildings on Capitol Square.
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