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Masks required for bar, restaurant employees in Tulsa

Posted at 12:44 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 14:24:24-04

TULSA — Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Oklahoma and Tulsa County, city and health leaders announced changes to plans in Tulsa to stop the spread of the virus.

Mayor G.T. Bynum announced a new partnership with the Tulsa Health Department to create a safety plan certification program. The program is to help local businesses, churches and other organizations create a plan to safely be open or re-open.

That plan is presented to the Tulsa Health Department. THD will review the plan and either make suggestions or approve it.

Once certified, organizations can say they have a certified safety plan. Currently, Church on the Move and McNellie's Group are going through this process.

Bynum announced events for 500 or more people will be required to have an approved safety plan. This goes into effect July 16 to give officials time to approve the plans.

Bynum announced all bar and restaurant employees are required to wear masks while at work. Health department officials will monitor how this new requirement will impact positive cases in Tulsa County.

If Dr. Dart says Tulsa needs a mandatory mask rule, Mayor Bynum said he is prepared to issue that order.

Leaders urged the community to come together and wear masks and social distance at events. They said these changes are to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to keep further restrictions from being implemented.

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