TULSA, okla. – Tulsa City Council unanimously voted to extend the mask ordinance in the city.
Mask regulations have been in place in Tulsa since July 2020. This new extension is valid until April 30, 2021 at midnight.
This is the third time a mask regulation has been approved by the Council and the second extension.
“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 Tulsa’s Health Department, recommended that mandate and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts continue through the end of summer. This extension will give the time it takes more people to get vaccinated.”
The revised regulation mandates that face coverings may be worn in public spaces and outside where social distancing is not possible. Masks are required for people aged 10 and over.
The change includes the current mask mandate and the additional virus reduction measures 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 rules applied in restaurants, bars and other public places, 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 reality is that at no point in this pandemic have our hospitals come under greater pressure than they are now,” Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum said on social media. “The men and women who are working to save the lives of our neighbors need our help, and wearing a mask is one way that every single Tulsan can give them that help. We shouldn’t have to mandate it like that, but unfortunately it has become necessary. “
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