LIST: Oklahoma cities with mask mandates

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Oklahoma, city officials with municipalities across the Sooner State have enacted mask mandates for their towns.

Ada

All persons are required to wear facial masks or face shields when out in public and social distancing cannot be maintained.

Exceptions:

  • Any person younger than 16 years of age;
  • Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering as recommended by their physician;
  • Any person at a restaurant to eat or drink (at a table). Masks should be worn at other times inside restaurant;
  • Any person while the person is exercising outdoors or engaging in physical activity outdoors, and maintaining a safe distance (six feet or more) from other people not in the same household;
  • Any person while the person is driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver;
  • Any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal care of dental service involving the face, but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal;
  • Any person while the person is in a swimming pool, lake or similar body of water;
  • Any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or actively administering an election;
  • Any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship;
  • Any person while the person is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;
  • Any person while performing work in which the face coverings present or exacerbates a hazard;
  • Any person who is hearing impaired.
  • Although the above are exceptions to wearing a face covering or shield, city officials strongly encourage those persons included within the exception to wear a face covering or face shield when possible.

The ordinance is in effect until Aug. 3 at 10 p.m. or until the governor rescinds the provisions of his executive orders relating to the coronavirus.

Altus

Face coverings are required to be worn in all public places.

Exceptions:

  • Persons who should not wear face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines.
  • Persons exempt under the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Children under five (5) years of age.
  • Restaurant and bar patrons while eating or drinking.
  • Settings when or where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, such as dental services, medical treatments or while swimming.
  • Occupants in a personal vehicle, personal office, or similarly private space while other persons outside of the person’s household are not present.
  • Private homes.
  • Offices and workplaces that are not public service areas where social distancing of at least six (6) feet between employees and other occupants can be consistently maintained during hours of operation.
  • Persons attending any indoor religious service or ceremony as long as all persons who do not live in the same household maintain proper social distancing of not less than six (6) feet from persons not in their immediate household.
  • Educational institutions that have adopted a plan to prevent the spread of COVID19 that includes physical distancing and face covering mandates appropriate for the institutional environment.

These regulations are in place until another declaration is made to cancel it.

Anadarko

The City of Anadarko has enacted a mandatory requirement that any individual residing, visiting, or traveling through Anadarko must wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose in public.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with a condition which would be negatively impacted by wearing a mask shall be exempt from this requirement upon the showing of current written documentation from the individual’s physician stating that wearing a mask would be detrimental to the individual’s health.

The mandate remains in effect for 30 days.

Choctaw

The City of Choctaw announced that masks will be required in public buildings beginning Sept. 5. The ordinance is expected to last until Oct. 6.

Edmond

Face masks will be mandatory for anyone entering and occupying indoor public spaces.

Exceptions:

  • Persons Under 11 unless required by a school or day care
  • People working in an office who don’t have face-to-face interactions with the public
  • Patrons of restaurants, bars and similar establishments while eating or drinking
  • People in settings where it isn’t practical or feasible to wear a face covering, like receiving dental services, swimming or playing at a playground
  • People engaged in sports (including for recreation)
  • People engaged in cardio exercises. But people should make reasonable efforts to observe social distancing between groups of people from different households
  • People inside any federal, state or county building or facility.
  • People inside a public or private school building or facility, unless required by the school
  • People at a religious service or ceremony where social distancing is observed between groups of people from different households
  • People with a developmental disability
  • People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing

Edmond’s mandate won’t go into effect until Aug. 26 and it is set to end on Sept. 8. 

Fort Sill*

As of July 20, all personnel on Fort Sill, meaning service members, family members, DA civilians, contractors and visitors, shall wear a mask covering the nose and mouth.

Exceptions:

  • Children under 6
  • Persons or situations identified by the CDC where the wearing of a cloth face covering may exacerbate a physical or mental health condition, lead to a medical emergency, or introduce significant safety concerns
  • Any persons while they are eating or drinking
  • People working in an office who don’t have face-to-face interactions with the public
  • Any persons giving a speech or briefing where social distancing can be maintained
  • Persons exercising in communal spaces, provided Social Distancing is maintained
  • Outdoors, provided social distancing is maintained
  • When a commander determines a facial covering creates a hazard or safety concern
  • When inside a private home, barracks rooms, or IHG rooms

The ordinance remains in effect until otherwise mandated.

Lawton

On 7/17/20, Lawton City Council voted to approve an amended ordinance that requires the posting of signage and the wearing of face masks when indoors to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

The ordinance, effective immediately, states that “every person in the City of Lawton shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth and shall be worn consistent with CDC guidelines when inside a commercial entity of other building, structure or space open to the public, public transit.” There are several exceptions to the wearing of masks, which are outlined in Section “A” of the ordinance and include circumstances involving age, private settings, activity, medical conditions and potentially hazardous situations, as well as certain types of business and clientele. If a medical condition or disability prevents a person from wearing a face mask, a face shield may be worn.

“All residents are now required to wear masks in indoor public spaces in accordance with the ordinance, but we hope our community will use courtesy to help educate and remind each other of this requirement,” said Michael Cleghorn, City Manager. “Education and cooperation over enforcement is preferred.”

Midwest City

Masks are required for public spots where social distancing is not possible.

Some exceptions to the ordinance include the following:

  • Children younger than 10 years of age, unless required by a school or day care to wear face coverings. Wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged for children two years and older;
  • Any person who falls into the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for those who should not face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability;  (See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-fac…)
  • Those who are consuming food or drink or who are seated at a restaurant to eat or drink;
  • Those who are exercising outdoors or engaging in physical activity outdoors (such as walking a trail, biking, playing golf) and who are maintaining a safe distance from other people not in the same household;
  • Those who are performing cardio exercise. However, those exercising should make every effort to practice social distancing from persons not from their own household;
  • While in a personal vehicle, personal office, or similarly private space if no one outside of your household is present;
  • Private homes;
  • Offices and workplaces that are not public service areas where physical distancing between employees and other occupants can be consistently maintained during hours of operation;
  • When you are obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to your face (such as while visiting a bank, or while using a personal care or dental service involving your face) but only temporarily as it is required.
  • When you are at a swimming pool, lake or similar body of water or a spray park;
  • If you are giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;
  • If you are performing work in which a face covering could cause or exacerbate a hazard.

The ordinance, which went into effect immediately, will remain in place until Sept. 22.

Norman

Norman City Council has passed an ordinance to require masks or face coverings in public in the City of Norman.

Exceptions:

  • Persons or situations identified by the CDC where the wearing of a cloth face covering may exacerbate a physical or mental health condition, lead to a medical emergency, or introduce significant safety concerns
  • Children under the age of 6 years old
  • Restaurant and bar patrons while they are eating or drinking
  • Persons exercising in communal outdoor spaces, or persons walking or exercising with other persons from the same household in communal outdoor spaces, provided Social Distancing is maintained
  • Settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a Face Covering, such as when received dental or medical treatment and services
  • Occupants inside a personal vehicle, personal office, or similarly private space while other persons from outside of the occupant’s household are not present
  • Private homes
  • Private lodging rooms in Places of Public Accommodation
  • Offices and workplaces that are not Public Service Areas where Physical Distancing between employees and other occupants can be consistently maintained during hours of operation

This ordinance will expire on November 30 unless extended, rescinded, superseded or amended.

Oklahoma City

Under the ordinance, most citizens in Oklahoma City would be required to wear a mask while inside public buildings, with a few exceptions.

Exceptions:

• Children age 10 and under, unless required by a school or daycare.
• People working in an office who don’t have face-to-face interactions with the public.
• Patrons of restaurants, bars and similar establishments while eating or drinking.
• People in settings where it isn’t practical or feasible to wear a face covering, like receiving dental services, swimming or playing at a playground.
• People engaged in sports (including for recreation).
• People engaged in cardio exercises. But people should make reasonable efforts to observe social distancing between groups of people from different households.
• People inside any federal, state or county building or facility.
• People inside a public or private school building or facility, unless required by the school.
• People at a religious service or ceremony where social distancing is observed between groups of people from different households.
• People with a developmental disability.
• People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

The mandate lasts until Sept. 8.

Shawnee

Citizens are required to wear face coverings when entering and while inside any indoor public place.

Exceptions:

  • Persons Under 11 unless required by a school or day care
  • Professional office spaces where there is no face-to-face interactions with public
  • While eating and drinking in restaurants
  • Where not practical or feasible to wear a face covering. (Dental services, medical)
  • When engaged in a sporting activity
  • Performing cardio, but effort should be made to socially distance
  • Attending any indoor religious service or ceremony as long as social distancing is practiced
  • In public or private school building or other facility unless required by school to wear covering
  • Persons with developmental, mental, and/or medical disability, including persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The ordinance expires Sept. 30.

Spencer

The proclamation declares that face masks shall be worn at all indoor venues, when out in public places and when unable to stay at least six feet away from others.

Spencer’s ‘State of Emergency’ lasts until Aug. 31.

Stillwater

Stillwater passed an ordinance requiring the wearing of masks in public places.

Exceptions:

  • Persons who cannot wear one due to a physical or mental condition;
  • Children under five, unless required by school or day care to wear a face covering;
  • Persons seated at a restaurant while eating;
  • While receiving services where wearing the mask is impractical such as dental services, a facial at a salon, swimming or using a splash pad;
  • While alone in a motor vehicle, office, or private space;
  • Persons exercising in communal outdoor spaces, or persons walking or exercising with other persons from the same household in communal outdoor spaces, as long as Physical Distancing is maintained;
  • Private homes;
  • Non-public areas of offices or workplaces where physical distancing is possible; and
  • At schools pursuant to adopted policies.

The ordinance is set to expire November 30.

Tahlequah

Under the city’s ordinance, every person in Tahlequah must wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when located within Public Service Areas.

Exemptions include:

  • Persons who cannot wear one due to a physical or mental condition;
  • Children under 10, unless required by school or day care to wear a face covering;
  • Persons seated at a restaurant while eating;
  • While receiving services where wearing the mask is impractical such as dental services, swimming or using a splash pad;
  • While alone in a motor vehicle, office, or private space;
  • Persons exercising in communal outdoor spaces, or persons walking or exercising with other persons from the same household in communal outdoor spaces, as long as Physical Distancing is maintained;
  • Private homes;
  • Non-public areas of offices or workplaces where physical distancing is possible.

The ordinance is set to expire on Nov. 30.

The Village

The mayor of The Village has issued a mask mandate for public indoor venues in the city.

Exceptions:

  • Persons Under 11 unless required by a school or day care
  • Professional office spaces where there is no face-to-face interactions with public
  • While eating and drinking in restaurants
  • Where not practical or feasible to wear a face covering. (Dental services, medical)
  • When engaged in a sporting activity
  • Attending any indoor religious service or ceremony as long as social distancing is practiced
  • In public or private school building or other facility unless required by school to wear covering
  • Persons with developmental, mental, and/or medical disability, including persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The mandate will last through at least September 7.

Tulsa

A citywide face mask ordinance has been enacted in Tulsa.

Exceptions:

  • Those who fall into the CDC’s guidance for those who should not wear face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability.
  • Those who are eating or drinking.
  • Those who are exercising in communal outdoor spaces, or persons walking or exercising with other persons from the same household in communal outdoor spaces, as long as physical distancing is maintained – persons congregating in communal outdoor spaces with other persons not in their same household are required to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not maintained.
  • Those in settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, such as dental services, medical treatments or while swimming.
  • Occupants in a personal vehicle, personal office, or similarly private space while other persons outside of the person’s household are not present.
  • Those in their private homes.
  • Those in offices and workplaces that are not public service areas where physical distancing between employees and other occupants can be consistently maintained during hours of operation.

The ordinance could expire by Nov. 30 as long as it’s not repealed, modified, or extended.

Warr Acres

A temporary restriction is placed which requires all persons in Warr Acres to wear a facial covering which covers their nose and mouth while visiting any indoor place open to the public in city limits.

Exceptions:

  • Persons under 11 years of age unless required by a school or day care to wear a face covering
  • Persons working in a professional office who do not have any face-to-face interactions with the public
  • Restaurant patrons while eating or drinking
  • Persons in a setting where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, such as when receiving dental services, medical treatments, or while swimming or at a splash park.
  • Persons engaged in any competitive sporting activities, whether professional or amateur or merely for recreational purposes;
  • Persons engaged in performing cardio exercise, but they should make a reasonable effort to practice social distancing from persons not from their household
  • Persons inside any Federal, State or County government building or other facility
  • Persons inside any public or private school building or other facility unless required by the school to wear a face covering
  • Persons with a development disability, including persons who are deaf and hard of hearing

The ordinance is set to expire Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day.

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