Tulsa needs masks, Oklahoma City to vote on the measure

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Tulsa City officials have passed an ordinance requiring face masks to be worn in most public places, while Oklahoma City councilors are due to vote on a similar plan later this week.

Tulsa City Council voted 7-2 on Wednesday night to require people 18 and older to wear face covers in places such as grocery and retail stores, churches, restaurants, bars and public places.

The vote took place hours after Governor Kevin Stitt announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was in isolation at home, but said he was not considering a nationwide mask mandate.

Exceptions in Tulsa are people with medical conditions as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, personal offices or vehicles, and outdoor activities with social distancing.

The ordinance does not provide for a penalty for refusing to wear a mask, but those who do not wear a face-covering could bring charges such as criminal offenses, disorderly behavior or disturbance of the peace, according to a city press release.

The cities of Norman and Stillwater previously passed mask ordinances, and Oklahoma City councilors are due to vote on a similar request on Friday.

The state health department reported a record 1,075 confirmed new virus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to more than 22,000 nationwide.

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