COLUMBUS, Ohio (WANE) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has issued a mandatory mask order, requiring all residents to wear face coverings in public.

The order starts Thursday at 6 p.m., the governor said.

The mandate impacts all Ohio residents over 10 years old, DeWine said. Those with medical conditions, or those playing sports or exercising or eating or drinking are exempt, along with those who are officiants at religious services or involved in public safety.

Masks must be worn at all times when:

  • at an indoor location that’s not a residence
  • outdoors, when unable to keep 6 foot social distance from those not in your household
  • when waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation like a taxi, car service, or private rideshare

“Wearing masks will make a difference,” DeWine tweeted. “It will determine what our fall looks like. We want kids to go back to school, we want to see sports — to do that it’s very important that all Ohioans wear a mask.”