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Tulsa mayor encourages businesses to require masks, says citywide mandate causes division

Tulsa COVID-19 Update
Posted at 11:06 AM, Aug 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 16:47:50-04

TULSA, Okla. — The City of Tulsa hosted a news conference on Thursday to give an update on the COVID-19 situation in the area.

It's the second live update from Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and Tulsa Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart this month amid the ongoing Delta variant surge.

In their Aug. 5 update, Bynum said he had no plans to put a new mask ordinance in place and urged Tulsans to get vaccinated.

Since then, Tulsa City Council held a special meeting where a handful of councilors tried to push for a new mask ordinance. That discussion was tabled until the council's next meeting.

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Thursday's news conference brought more of the same messaging from the mayor.

Bynum stressed to business owners and employers about their ability to require masks or encourage vaccinations but stopped short of making any new requirements for people citywide.

He wouldn't comment on the upcoming city council discussion on mask mandates.

"We need people to get vaccinated," Bynum says.

"We can help slow the spread of the virus by wearing masks indoors, and following CDC guidelines, and everyone who can get vaccinated should do."

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