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  1. If businesses refused to let anyone in across the board without a mask because they could get in trouble or shut down for noncompliance, they will - for the most part - comply. That means millions of Ohioans who won't be exposed to potential spreaders. Sorry it's inconvenient and some people will try to put up a fight. But it would protect the vast majority of Ohioans who take this seriously, but cannot control what others do. I'd rather do that, than some half-baked ask of customers without any real teeth to the order which then we get the whole state shut down again because people are too selfish. I'm sick of these weak arguments that there won't be enough compliance. Force businesses to enforce a mask law, and we cut the spread significantly. Otherwise they can't do any business because we have to shut everything down again. The people (cashiers, servers, etc) who are forced to interact with these selfish people are the ones who typically don't have health insurance, don't have savings, and don't have paid sick leave. We should be protecting these people.
  2. I think even a North on Vine, South on Race route would have been better. Would still hit Findlay Market and Washington Part, and it would cut straight down the middle of OTR within two blocks of pretty much everything. The jog is not intuitive for anyone. I was never very happy with the alignment going on 4 different North/South streets and additional stops on 2nd, Central parkway, and 12th.
  3. A store already has the ability to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask. Putting the onus on businesses by fining them for allowing people inside without masks is the only way you're going to get compliance. Fining customers who refuse to wear a mask at the request of a business removes the business from any wrongdoing if there are people disobeying. Then they could file for trespassing or something similar. It's not going to get 100% compliance, but nothing will. This would be way more effective than "strongly suggesting" it.
  4. Yeah, we use Teams at my company, and it always works well. Definitely not meant for public access.
  5. I'm not saying it isn't bad, but Italy suffered early on when people were trying to understand the virus, and Italy's cases were concentrated in very small geographic ranges, which made it way worse.
  6. It's just going to make cars drive faster on Auburn, unfortunately. They should have done one lane in each direction, a lane of parking (or bike lanes on both sides) and a center turn lane.
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    McConnell has already said Trump should get to nominate judges this year because he isn't term limited like Obama was. He doesn't care about letting the people decide, which was his justification in 2016.
  8. The easiest way to do this is to piggy back off of existing state and federal programs. Low Income Housing Tax Credits are one example where an outside entity (in this case the Ohio Housing Finance Agency) follows up on developments and ensures they are keeping their word. The city could pin it at a certain minimum number of years and certain AMI that coincides with OHFA regulations for tax credits.
  9. I get this, but at a certain point, it's the business's responsibility to follow health laws. They can avoid confrontation as much as possible, and report a trespassing offense to the police, refuse service, etc. I get that there are nutjobs out there who will try to fight staff, but they are probably more likely to enforce a rule like this if they can use the Ohio regulation to hide behind. "It's out of our hands, we could be shut down, call your representative/governor, etc". I know it isn't perfect, but they have to enforce other laws all the time.
  10. I'm arguing that there is no constitutional violation by requiring businesses to force customers to wear masks. There is a public health need for this, and it should hold up in courts. Ohio could require all businesses to use masks, and that would be a legal order. The only question is whether that would have to come from the legislature, but I would be shocked if it did. The Ohio Department of Health Director has a lot of power that's rarely used. The way you get around arresting individuals is by putting the onus on businesses. If businesses allow people to enter without using masks properly, they should be subject to fines and forced closures. If a customer refuses to wear a mask after being repeatedly asked, they could be charged with trespassing. It isn't that hard. This has nothing to do with racist symbols in sports.
  11. The government could (and does) regulate some customer behavior in private businesses. Customers can be arrested and/or charged for not abiding by health requirements in a restaurant. Why can't the government enforce a mask requirement?
  12. Isn't there a video somewhere of Smitherman trying to physically assault streetcar supporters in council chambers when he wasn't on council?
  13. Americans are too lazy and selfish to wear masks during a global pandemic. They aren't going to take up arms and start a civil war.
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