Bynum’s office issued a statement late Monday night that the city would hold a press conference on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
“Tonight I was in touch with the State Department of Health, the Tulsa Health Department and local hospital management,” Bynum said in a press release. “Hospitals are implementing their surge plans for regionally managing ICU patient care.
“Just as our health system is regional, our response to the fight against COVID-19 must also be regional. Tulsans cannot fight this alone.
“I plead again with the state and our neighboring communities to listen to the medical professionals asking for measures to slow the spread of this virus. Politically favorable speeches about freedom and personal responsibility do not prevent our intensive care units from being fully used.
“Tulsa City Council and I will continue to act under the guidance of local health professionals.”
Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond and local councilors have refused to implement a mask requirement.
Jenks city councils will meet on Tuesday to see if a mask mandate similar to the one in Tulsa should be implemented there.