SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — Sand Springs City Council unanimously passed a mask ordinance Monday night.
The ordinance goes into effect on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 and will remain in effect until further notice, officials said. This comes as COVID-19 cases in the area and state of Oklahoma continues to rise.
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The ordinance requires that people in Sand Springs wear a face covering when in spaces being used for entertainment, business, education, recreational use and athletics.
Below are some of the spaces:
Retail businesses; spas; entertainment venues; food service facilities including restaurant and bars; hotels; motels; professional offices; banks and financial services; repair facilities and/ or motor vehicle dealerships.
Workplaces; child care facilities; hospitals and health facilities; gymnasium and physical fitness facilities; sports facilities; parks; trails, sidewalks and outdoor retail areas.
Any building or facility used for academic or athletic purposes including campuses; any private school or preschool.
Face covering exemptions were placed in effect as well, in alignment with the CDC's guidelines. Sand Springs City Council added an additional exemption for people in team sports activities where the level of exertions makes it difficult for someone to wear a face covering.
Below are the other exemptions:
- persons with medical, mental health or developmental disability reasons
- children age 9 years or younger
- restaurant patrons while eating or drinking
- occupants in a personal vehicle
- persons exercising, who can maintain a 6’ (six foot) social distance
When if comes to religious facilities, Sand Springs officials said places of worship are given the opportunity to govern their own policies regarding face coverings.
When it comes to enforcing the new ordinance, officials said it will be made upon complaints from property owners or law enforcement officers. The intent is to meet all calls with education information for all people involved in a situation, but ultimately it will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
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