JD Vance pushes ban on mask mandates as COVID-19 cases increase

Sen. J.D. Vance at his office in the Senate Russell Building in Washington, D.C.

As Sen. J.D. Vance rails against mask mandates in Washington, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that Ohio is unlikely to reinstate rules in place at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“People have asked me, ‘Are we going to see masks come back in Ohio?’ I don’t think that’s going to happen,” DeWine told reporters in Columbus on Thursday. “We’re at a very different stage. We would still encourage people who have not been vaccinated to get vaccinated and keep their vaccinations up, whether it is in regard to COVID or whether it’s flu. We have the flu season coming. So these all continue to be important things.”

The governor’s comments came hours before Vance unsuccessfully tried to push a vote on legislation that would ban federal officials from issuing mask mandates for schools, domestic air travel or public transit for 15 months. The Ohio Republican, who lives in Cincinnati’s East Walnut Hills neighborhood, introduced the bill earlier this week with several GOP colleagues.

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