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Politics Chat: Can Face Mask Mandates Be Enforced?

A woman in New York, who declined to give her name, says she works for a pharmaceutical company and told the AP photographer, "I'd wear a mask if I were you."
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A woman in New York, who declined to give her name, says she works for a pharmaceutical company and told the AP photographer, "I'd wear a mask if I were you."

On Thursday, Kentucky joined the growing number of states that have instituted mandatory face mask orders in light of the spike in COVID-19 cases. Ohio has issued mandates for its hardest hit counties, including Hamilton and Butler counties.

WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the mandates and whether state and local government are going to be able to enforce the rules. It will be very difficult, he says.

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Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.