Updated 01/27/22

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As of 09/10/2021, the City of Columbus is mandating that face masks be worn by individuals aged six or older while in indoor spaces accessible to the public, including but not limited to city buildings, office buildings, retail establishments, bars and restaurants, and public transportation.

The Transportation Security Administration announced an extension of a face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, over-the-road buses, and commuter bus and rail systems through 03/18/2022. The face mask requirement includes all public transportation.

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The CDC, FDA and Ohio Department of Health, and Columbus Public Health encourage vaccination against COVID-19 to protect individuals from serious illness and death. Columbus Public Health is offering free COVID-19 Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J vaccines and booster shots to people who are eligible at Columbus Public Health and community COVID-19 vaccine clinics. No appointment is necessary.

Following CDC, FDA, and OH Dept of Health guidelines, free booster shots for J&J are available for those 18 and up who received their first dose at least 2 months ago. Moderna and Pfizer booster shots are available for those 18 and up who

received their second dose at least 6 months ago.


Columbus Public Health is offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccines at their office (240 Parsons Ave.) from 9AM-4PM, Monday through Friday for all individuals aged 12 and up. Follow the links for more information.

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Free COVID-19 testing is widely available through health department offices, clinics, and pharmacies. To find a free COVID-19 testing site, click here or call Columbus Public Health at (614) 645-1519.

Free at-home rapid test kits are available at all Columbus Metropolitan Library branches. Call your nearest branch to check for availability as supplies are limited. Click here for more information.

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Staying Safe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer guidance on how to protect yourself from getting sick with COVID-19. Wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and warm water. Avoid large gatherings and poorly ventilated spaces. Maintain a safe distance from people who are sick. The most effective strategy for preventing severe illness is to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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More Information & Resources

The City of Columbus COVID-19 Portal contains information regarding resources and to help you through these difficult times. Click the link above for more information.