COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Wednesday that he will issue an executive order to require face masks indoors in the city. 

The order goes into effect on Friday and applies to public venues, such as groceries, restaurants, theaters and shops.

The mayor said COVID-19 numbers are rising rapidly in the city necessitating stronger action from local government. 

He made the announcement during a press conference at the Columbus Public Health building, where he was joined by Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts and local hospital officials. 

Ginther said his administration will work with Columbus City Council to get a mask mandate enacted by ordinance. 

At an Aug. 5 press conference, Roberts said the health department wasn't able to issue a mask mandate because of a new piece of state legislation, Senate Bill 22. Several small Ohio cities have issued mask mandates through their councils.