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Unmasked, homeless: What Tulsa's mask mandate means for those who can't access one

Posted at 10:48 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 10:33:19-04

TULSA, Okla. — There are roughly 800 homeless people in Tulsa and it can be costly to provide masks for that many people, but city officials are working on a solution.

This comes after the Tulsa City Council approved a citywide mask ordinance on Wednesday evening, and Mayor G.T. Bynum signed the ordinance into effect on Thursday morning.

Last week, Mayor Bynum said he asked for a mask ordinance at the request of the Tulsa Health Department as coronavirus cases continue to increase in Tulsa.

READ MORE: Mayor Bynum drafts masks ordinance requiring face coverings in public

Michelle Brooks, the communications director for the City of Tulsa, said they are forming street outreach teams to distribute masks to Tulsans with no homes, and will release more information soon on a mask exchange program.

  • The Tulsa shelters are aware of the new mask ordinance and as they have since the start of the pandemic are taking steps to provide their guests with PPE
  • The shelters will also be working to arrange a mask exchange program, Tulsans experiencing homelessness can drop off dirty cloth masks and pick up fresh ones, more information will be released in the coming days
  • Street outreach teams will also work to distribute masks to unsheltered Tulsans to help them stay safe and healthy during the pandemic
Michelle Brooks, Communications Director, City of Tulsa

For more information about the City of Tulsa's efforts regarding COVID-19, click here.

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