Ada extends mask requirement through Aug. 17

The City of Ada issued a mask mandate July 21 with positive COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Pontotoc County.
The City of Ada issued a mask mandate July 21 with positive COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Pontotoc County.(KXII)
Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 10:53 AM CDT
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ADA, Okla. (KXII) - The Ada City Council has voted to extend the city’s face covering requirement by another two weeks.

The city’s mask mandate will be in place until Aug. 17 at 10 p.m.

The ordinance requires everyone to wear a face mask or face shield while in public, both indoor and outdoor, and where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained.

Anyone found violating the requirement faces a fine of $100.

The city’s ordinance also states each building that fronts a public street is allowed one parking space to use for delivery and curbside services.

Masks will not be required under the following exceptions, but the city strongly encourages anyone who meets them to wear a face shield:

1. Any person younger than 16 years of age;

2. Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering as recommended by their physician;

3. Any person at a restaurant to eat or drink (at table). Masks should be worn at other times inside restaurant;

4. Any person while the person is exercising outdoors or engaging in physical activity outdoors, and maintaining a safe distance (6 feet or more) from other people not in the same household;

5. Any person while the person is driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver;

6. Any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal care of dental service involving the face, but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal;

7. Any person while the person is in a swimming pool, lake or similar body of water;

8. Any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or actively administering an election;

9. Any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship;

10. Any person while the person is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;

11. Any person while performing work in which the face coverings present or exacerbates a hazard;

12. Any person who is hearing impaired.

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