In response the Governor DeWine’s recent COVID-19 Mask Statement, the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce released the following:
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that beginning on Thursday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m., a statewide mask mandate will go into effect in all 88 Ohio counties.
The Governor has made it clear that he expects citizens to be compliant: “We believe that requiring masks statewide will make a significant difference and will be key to making sure other counties do not progress to a higher level of increased spread.”
All individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:
• At an indoor location that is not a residence;
• Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members;
• Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.
The order only requires those 10 years old or older to wear a mask. Additional exclusions include:
• Those with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability;
• Those who are actively exercising or playing sports;
• Those who are officiants at religious services;
• Those who are actively involved in public safety; or
• Those who are actively eating or drinking.
Because the mandate is not a criminal statute that can be enforced by police officers, the Put-in-Bay Police Department cannot enforce this mandate. However, the Police Department will be enforcing criminal infractions associated with this mandate. For example, unmasked customers refusing to leave a business that requires masks to be worn may be charged with criminal trespass.
Please do not call the Police Department or 9-1-1 to report people not wearing masks on the islands.
To make complains about individuals not complying with the mandate, you may contact the Ottawa County Health Department at (419) 734-6800 or the Ohio Department Health at (883) 427-5634.
We hope that all residents and visitors comply with the Governor’s mandate and do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19.
More information on the mandate can be found here: https://governor.ohio.gov/…/news-an…/covid19-update-07222020
Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce announces the following statement:
We join Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands, and others in Ohio to do our part by wearing masks and promoting social distancing. By following these guidelines, we can all help keep Ohio and our island a safe place to visit, live, and work.
Effective Wednesday, July 8th, 2020, Miller Ferries to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island will require passengers to wear a mask or face covering while on board their vessels.
Miller Ferries operates at reduced capacity to allow better social distancing aboard the vessels.
You may experience longer wait times.
Some Put-in-Bay businesses may be:
– Operating at reduced capacity
– Operating on reduced hours
– Closed at this time
Please contact individual businesses for updated information.
–NO same-day round-trip passenger tickets from Catawba are sold after 5pm to accommodate return passengers from Put-in-Bay.
–Proof of accommodation is required when bringing a vehicle on weekends and holidays.
–Weekend Golf Cart rentals may be sold out at the island where we drop off (unless you have an existing reservation).