UPDATE: Marietta mayor responds to complaints about employees not wearing masks

Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 1:05 PM EDT
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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 8/17/20 10:30 P.M.

Last week the Marietta/Belpre Health Department received a complaint about employees in City Hall, specifically the Mayor’s Office, not wearing masks.

Since then, Health Commissioner Anne Goon has contacted the Mayor’s Office to alert them of the complaint.

Mayor Josh Schlicher says he and the other employees in City Hall are following the protocol that was given to them, and while they may not be wearing masks at their desks or in their offices, they are maintaining a six foot distance and have precautions in place such as hand sanitizing stations.

“I’ve been out in public, went out to lunch today and had a mask on, so I’m doing my part in the community at large, but when I’m here in my office, I’m not wearing a mask... I have a few citizens that come in and see me, and if they prefer that I wear a mask, if we’re less than six feet away, which doesn’t happen very often, I’ll comply,” Schlicher says.


The Marietta-Belpre Health Department says that the statewide mask has been effective at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Washington County, but new complaints to the department indicate everyone isn’t following the rules.

Health Commissioner Ann Goon says that she has received one call and several in-person complaints about Marietta City employees not wearing masks specifically at City Hall. One caller said he entered City Hall and was greeted by a person with no mask, and he did not see anyone in the building wearing a mask while he was there.

Goon said this has angered some members of the community because they are required to wear a mask and feel authority figures are not doing their part.

“It’s a personal responsibility. It’s also a civic responsibility. If we expect our citizens to follow the laws that we set locally, we should also be willing to set the laws and the rules that are set at the state level, as well,” Goon said.

Goon said she is planning to reach out to City Hall about the complaints she has received.

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