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Broken Arrow residents submit letter asking city council to reconsider mask mandate

Posted at 10:00 AM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 10:39:07-05

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Broken Arrow residents submitted a letter requesting city council to take more action to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Broken Arrow citizens are asking the city council to reconsider a mask mandate. The letter includes 239 signatures and comments from the community.

Below are the reasons citizens outlined in the letter as to why they feel city council should reconsider a mask mandate:

  • to help prevent the spread of this virus to more people in our community.
  • to keep businesses open and to aide and support businesses in their efforts to make their customers safe.
  • because Broken Arrow is not an “island” within the Greater Tulsa area, and the infectious climate here contributes to area hospitals and ICU units being overwhelmed and medical personnel being taxed to a breaking point.
  • to keep schools open and students, teachers, secretaries, and bus drivers safe.
  • because the first goal of any level of effective government is the protection of the community it is called to govern.
  • because our masks protect you, and your masks will protect us. Endangering the health and life of others by refusing to wear a mask is an assault on community standards of health and well-being.
  • because caring for the health of one’s friends, neighbors, and family is the Oklahoma Standard.

CLICK HERE to read the letter submitted by residents to Broken Arrow City Council

Broken Arrow City Council is holding their first meeting of the new year on Tuesday. According to the agenda, a presentation and discussion will take place on the COVID-19 rate for Broken Arrow, at the request of council member Johnnie Parks.

Members of the council have previously expressed they don't and won't support a mask mandate.

The Broken Arrow city council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 5th at 6:30 p.m.

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