It is Friday, July 3, 2020. These are the five things you need to know about the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic today.

5 things to know about coronavirus today: Dayton mask order, school rules and business re-closings

It is Friday, July 3, 2020, and these are five things you need to know about the coronavirus today.

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The Dayton mask order goes into effect today

Dayton has become the first large Ohio city to require masks in most public places to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The move drew support from multiple politicians across Ohio, including Gov. Mike DeWine, who encouraged other communities to “follow Dayton’s lead.” While some residents strongly praised city leadership, some said the mask requirement infringes on their rights, and doubted that everyone would comply with the new rules.

>>Mask requirement begins today in Dayton

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Ohio issued updated guidance for school reopenings

At a coronavirus press briefing on Thursday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the state of Ohio had updated the guidance on school reopenings in the fall, requiring most school staff to wear face coverings, and strongly recommending students grade three and above do the same. The face covering requirement is the only firm rule the state is making, with schools having local control over other decisions.

>>Coronavirus: DeWine announces updated guidance for K-12 school reopening

Officials are worried poll workers won’t show in November

The question of whether Ohio poll workers, who are often in their golden years, will show up for the November election if the pandemic continues to rage on was a topic of concern at a state election readiness task force meeting on Thursday. Boards of elections are trying to gauge how many of their poll workers are committed to the election, and how many will opt out due to health concerns.

>>Coronavirus: Task force fears poll workers won’t return in November

Area businesses are re-closing or reducing services as cases rise

Some businesses throughout the area are deciding to temporarily close again or to only offer limited services as coronavirus cases increase across the region. For example, Elsa’s Corner Cantina in Sugarcreek Township reduced its services to carry-out only after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, while the 416 Diner in the Oregon District announced a temporary shutdown for all its employees to get tests after one tested positive.

>>Dayton diner becomes 3rd local restaurant to shut down temporarily; employee tests positive for COVID-19

>>Elsa’s in Sugarcreek Twp. takes preventive measures after employee tests positive for COVID-19

>>Coronavirus: Oregon District business closes as a precaution

>>Bill’s Donut Shop in Centerville closes for 2 weeks

How you can help

If you want to do something to aid the community as this pandemic continues, there are a number of ways you can do so. We have compiled a list of organizations that are asking for help.


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