BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Broken Arrow's Mayor and City Leadership voted against the resolution for mask wearing in all of the public places across the city, even as Broken Arrow sees some of the highest COVID-19 cases in the state.
Broke Arrow City Council denied the resolution with a vote of four to one. The resolution would have strongly recommended that all Broken Arrow citizens properly wear a mask in public.
Vice Mayor Scott Eduy said the decision wasn't a surprise.
"I don't support a mandate, I've never supported a mandate, I will never support a mandate," Eudy said.
Broken Arrow City Mayor Craig Thurmond agreed.
"We're not going to mandate that you have to wear a mask, we're not - at least, personally, I don't agree with that. And we're not going to mandate that you have to be healthy - we're not going to mandate how much soda you can drink like some cities do," Thurmond said.
The resolution's failure comes just days after the state saw more than 7,000 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.
The state health department website shows the 74012 zip code in Broken Arrow has the second-highest number of coronavirus infections in the state.
To read Broken Arrow's full resolution click here.
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