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Ada residents react to new face mask mandate

The City of Ada issued a mask mandate Tuesday with positive COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Pontotoc County.
The City of Ada issued a mask mandate Tuesday with positive COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Pontotoc County.(KXII)
Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 6:34 PM CDT
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ADA, Okla. (KXII) - The City of Ada issued a mask mandate Tuesday as positive COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Pontotoc County.

“It starts immediately, it is effective right now,” said Lisa Bratcher, City of Ada Spokesperson.

Ada residents are under a city-wide facial coverings mandate, meaning face masks must be worn in outdoor and indoor public settings when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained.

The city council unanimously approved the measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We’re noticing numbers are rising, there are more positive tests and all experts say you should wear a mask and it can help prevent spreading coronavirus,” said Bratcher.

Bratcher said the new ordinance is in effect until August 3, 2020, and explained there are exceptions for those who can wear a mask such as eating or drinking.

As for anyone living with a medical condition, Bratcher says face shields can be worn as well.

“If there are reasons you can’t wear a mask and you have doctors that say you can’t wear a mask, you can also wear a facial shield,” said Bratcher.

Some residents, like Calandra Factor, don’t agree with the mask order.

“I feel like they didn’t take in what people want and did what they thought was best,” said Factor. “I feel like it’s taking away our rights.”

While other locals, like Tyler Mitchells, support it.

“I like it because it not only protects everyone around me, it protects myself and my family members around me. So, if I go to the grocery store, I know everyone around me is semi-safe,” said Mitchell.

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