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Group of Tulsa citizens protest over potential mask mandate

Posted at 7:31 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 20:34:09-04

TULSA, Okla. — On Wednesday, the Tulsa City Council is going to vote on a mandatory mask ordinance for the citizens of Tulsa.

Mayor G.T. Bynum and Dr. Bruce Dart agree it's what's best for the health and well being of Tulsans.

READ MORE: Tulsa's proposed mask ordinance comes with exceptions, possible $100 fine

However, some Tulsans disagree. A group known as Tulsans Against Mask Mandates is planning to protest in front of Tulsa City Hall while councilors vote on the issue.

Group organizer Dan Hedman said if the risk to citizens was high, the mayor would have acted sooner then he has.

“If it was really really an emergency like he says, he should have declared on Friday and made an executive order,” Hedman said.

One supporter of the group, who opposes mandatory mask is Dr. Jim Meehan. He said masks are not as effective as other health experts suggest.

"I have to change my mask every 20 to 30 minutes as it accumulates moisture," Meehan said. "If I don’t, I really decrease the effectiveness of the mask.”

Tulsans Against Mask Mandates said they are willing to risk being fined and will sue the city of Tulsa if the ordinance is approved.

To read the mask ordinance in full, click here.

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