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Tulsa City Council does not pass mask mandate in special meeting

Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-17 07:30:45-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa City Council decided to temporarily table discussion after the mask mandate vote falls short. The next meeting is scheduled for August 25.

Tulsa City Council scheduled a meeting Monday to discuss mask-wearing in the city, according to the special meeting agenda released Friday afternoon.

The agenda mentioned multiple health and COVID-19-related ordinances to be discussed during the meeting.

The special meeting is to be held due to a high amount of calls from Tulsans who want masks to be worn by people 4-years-old and up indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.

The co-sponsoring Councilors state:

“With the current high rate of documented Covid-19 transmission in our City and County, low rate of vaccination for people eligible to receive it, and already overtaxed local hospital systems, we felt compelled to call this Special Meeting to discuss possible municipal legislative action we might implement this week rather than wait until our next regularly scheduled meeting on August 25.”

The city council said the following points would be part of a potential new ordinance:

  • Face coverings will be required for those ages four years of age and older, with some exceptions; Only in indoor spaces within public service areas of places of public accommodation or in educational institutions; and indoor spaces in public settings where social or physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • The expiration date of Nov. 30, 2021, or until repealed or amended by subsequent ordinance;
  • Separation and operational requirements concerning restaurants and bars and restrictions on events and gatherings will not apply.

Tulsa's mask ordinance expired April 30, and Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said last week that he had no plans to put a new order in place.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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