Gov. DeWine: My face mask order went “too far”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine regrets a strict face mask order he says went “too far.”

Politico reports Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Sunday that his order requiring state residents to wear face masks went “too far.”

DeWine announced April 27 that face masks must be worn in stores — but after some Ohioans found the order “offensive,” he reversed himself the next day.

“It became clear to me that that was just a bridge too far. People were not going to accept the government telling them what to do,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

DeWine said getting hung up on the mandatory masks “just wasn’t going to work,” though he highly recommends wearing them. Employees will still wear face masks, and DeWine urged customers to protect “the folks who are stocking shelves in grocery stores.”

On Monday, the state’s manufacturing and construction businesses will reopen, joined by consumer and retail stores on May 11.

DeWine’s about-face on face masks drew some sharp criticism that it would endanger the state’s workers.