TULSA – Tulsa City Council voted 9-0 on Wednesday to extend the city’s mask ordinance through April 30.
“When the council originally approved the mask requirement in July, we made a commitment to citizens to publicly re-evaluate this regulation every 90 days to see if an extension is needed,” said council chairman Vanessa Hall-Harper. “DR. Bruce Dart, the executive director of the Tulsa Health Department, recommended continuing the mandate and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts through the end of summer. This extension will give the time it takes more people to get vaccinated.”
The Tulsa City Mask Mandate requires a mask for anyone aged 10 and over in public facilities and public accommodation.
The change also extends over 90 days to additional virus mitigation measures that were approved in November:
• A COVID-19 Safety Plan Required for Events of 150 People or More – Safety plans must be submitted to the Tulsa Health Department 14 calendar days prior to the event.
• Requirement of segregation or removal provisions used in restaurants, bars and other public accommodation and public facilities.
• Encourage companies to consistently make reasonable efforts to ensure that customers and attendees meet face-covering requirements and implement a sanitary protocol to protect employees and customers.
• Granting the Tulsa Department of Health authority to enforce the city’s COVID-19 ordinances in places with public accommodations, public facilities, restaurants and bars – with assistance in enforcing city law.
“The COVID working group set up between the city council and my office reached this decision together and I fully support it. While the vaccination is being used, we are not out of the forest, ”said Mayor GT Bynum. “We must continue to provide our health professionals with the support they need to slow the spread of the virus, and this is a necessary step in continuing that effort.”
For a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), background information on public accommodation, and other information and resources, please visit www.cityoftulsa.org/COVID19. For information on how to operate a company or organization safely, visit www.tulsa-health.org/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/operate-safely.