Mar 9, 2022 - COVID

Columbus establishments roll back mask mandates

Illustration of a mask with a red x being drawn over it.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

With masks no longer required in public spaces in Columbus, it's quickly looking unlikely that many establishments will voluntarily enforce their own policies.

The latest: Within minutes of the Monday decision, the Blue Jackets tweeted that masks would no longer be required in Nationwide Arena.

  • Tuesday morning, Franklin County announced employees and visitors won't have to wear masks in county facilities, though unvaccinated employees will still need to be tested regularly.
  • And by Friday, most buildings on Ohio State's campus will also be mask-optional.

Yes, but: Some places are still requiring masks for a little longer.

  • Columbus Association for the Performing Arts venues will drop their mandate and vaccination requirement April 4.
  • Central Ohio Transit Authority buses will be under a federal mask mandate until at least March 18.

The bottom line: As with most local COVID policies, once one domino falls, the rest soon follow.

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