Tulsa Metropolis Council unanimously votes to approve addendum to citywide Masks Ordinance; All individuals aged 10 and over should put on masks in public
Tulsa City Press Release
W.On Wednesday evening, Tulsa city councils voted to approve a city-wide addendum to the city’s existing mask ordinance that lowers the age requirements for those required to wear a mask aged 18 and over.
In addition, the ordinance will now expire on January 31, 2021 or after the expiry of all civil emergency orders issued by the mayor in connection with COVID-19. or by repeal, amendment or extension by the city council by a subsequent ordinance.
The amendment to the regulation requires Mayor Bynum’s signature before it comes into effect. Mayor Bynum plans to sign the ordinance by 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020.
“I am grateful for the broad support of the city council in approving this important change to our Mask Ordinance,” said Mayor GT Bynum. “Our local health leaders have made it clear the importance of more children wearing masks, especially when they return to the classroom. This change is critical at a time when we must continue to ensure the integrity of our local healthcare system. “
Based on the amended ordinance, masks will be required for anyone 10 years or older in the Tulsa city limits who will be in public places where social distancing is a challenge. These include, but are not limited to, places like grocery stores, retail stores, and public areas where social distancing cannot be followed.
In addition, the approved addendum to the regulation includes updated language regarding exemptions from the regulation, particularly team sports activities where wearing a face mask becomes impractical. All other elements of the existing Mask Ordinance, which the city council passed 7-2 in July, remain unchanged.
“I am grateful for today’s decision by the city council to lower the age for the Tulsa City Mask Mandate,” said Dr. Bruce Dart, Executive Director of the Tulsa Department of Health. “Our local health data shows that the fastest growth rate for COVID-19 cases is currently occurring in children in the age group 5-17 years. Masks are a proven step to slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with everyday preventive measures and social distancing in public settings. “
For more information on masks in Tulsa, including a detailed list of FAQs, exemptions from the regulation, and regulation-specific instructions, please visit www.cityoftulsa.org/masks.
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