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Tulsa City Council tabling mask mandate discussion, approves mask resolution

Posted at 6:49 AM, Aug 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-26 07:23:24-04

TULSA, Okla. — Update: The Tulsa City Council voted 9 to 0 to approve a resolution regarding COVID-19 mitigation based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Tulsa City Council reconvened Wednesday night to discuss a mask resolution.

Councilors met Wednesday morning to go over what they'll discuss later that night and determined they'll be tabling the mask ordinance consideration and moving forward toward the resolution.

If passed, the resolution would urge Tulsans to wear masks, but not require it.

“The mayor did not tip his hand but there was a pretty good inclination that he would veto [the ordinance] and there’s not enough votes back down at the council to override that mayoral veto," City Councilor Jayme Fowler told 2 News Oklahoma.

Fowler says the council expects no opposition to the resolution to be considered Wednesday night.

Tulsa’s brewery community is coming out in support of a mask mandate. The “Tulsa Craft Brewery Alliance,” made up of 10 local breweries, sent a letter to the Tulsa city council asking councilors to consider citywide mask rules.

In the letter, it reads, “Cases and hospitalizations are already creating a healthcare emergency and we are greatly concerned for the safety of our staff, our customers, and our future financial revenues.”

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