Tulsa requires masks, Oklahoma City to vote on measure

Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 11:47 AM CDT
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Tulsa city leaders have adopted an ordinance requiring face masks be worn in most public places while Oklahoma City councilors are to vote on a similar plan later this week.

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

The vote came hours after Gov. Kevin Stitt announced he tested positive for the coronavirus and is isolating at home, but said he is not considering a statewide mask mandate.

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

The ordinance provides no penalty for refusing to wear a mask, but those who do not wear a face covering could face charges such as criminal trespass, disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace, according to a city news release.

The cities of Norman and Stillwater previously adopted mask ordinances and Oklahoma City councilors are to vote on a similar requirement Friday.

The state health department on Wednesday reported a record-high number of confirmed new virus cases, with 1,075, bringing the statewide total to more than 22,000.

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