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Masks can save both lives and livelihoods

DEAR EDITOR:

One action that each Ohioan can take to limit the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a face covering whenever they are in public. Wearing a face covering is easy to do and a common courtesy to others.

Yes, we understand that most people don’t enjoy wearing a mask, but it’s a small inconvenience when you consider that stopping the spread of the virus could literally save lives. And, this simple action is one that can help ensure that more of the businesses in Ohio will be able to reopen and return to more normal operations.

All 18 members of the Governor’s Economic Advisory Board ask that you put on a mask whenever you are in public. Together, our collective efforts can save lives and livelihoods of Ohioans.

Face coverings provide extra protection for our employees and our customers. We also believe they build consumer confidence by allowing more people to feel safe to return to public places and patronize Ohio businesses. We feel it is important to go on record unanimously in support of having all Ohioans wear face coverings in all workplace settings and all public spaces when exposed to other people.

Face coverings can help save lives, and we believe they can protect Ohio’s economy, too.

FRANK SULLIVAN

chairman, Governor’s Economic Advisory Board

CEO, RPM International Inc., Cleveland

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