Broken Arrow City Council votes against mask recommendation

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Broken Arrow City Council turned down the option for a mask mandate or possible resolution Tuesday night in a meeting.

The last such discussion erupted into a shouting match between city councilors and the public in attendance, ending in a 4-1 vote against passing a resolution that would have recommended the use of masks in the city.

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The new ordinance proposed Tuesday would mandate face coverings and social distancing in public spaces in the city, with some exceptions.

The council turned down the motion for a mask mandate and discussed Resolution No. 1372 instead.

The resolution is defined as:

“Consideration, discussion and possible approval of Resolution No. 1372, a Resolution regarding the use of masks and other protective measures to reduce community transmission of the COVID-19 virus and pledging support to those property owners and businesses who required the use of a mask in the City of Broken Arrow and possible consideration, discussion and direction to City staff to draft an ordinance mandating the use of masks and other protective measures in the City of Broken Arrow”

The resolution also failed.

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