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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

How Local Businesses Are Responding To The Mask Mandate

Courtesy of Artichoke

Starting Thursday, masks are mandatory inside public spaces in Cincinnati. So how are business owners responding to the mask mandate?

Many have been open since Ohio Governor Mike DeWine began reopening the state in May, or as essential businesses, they may have been operating under the stay-at-home order. How have their customers been observing mask guidelines these past few months? And now that a mandate is in place, what are their expectations?

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the mask mandate is Artichoke co-owner Karen Hughes. Her business, located in Findlay Market, offers curated cookware.

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