City of Tulsa to prohibit events of 250 people or more amid coronavirus concerns

TULSA, Okla. — Mayor G.T. Bynum announced Saturday the city will prohibit events of 250 people or more and revoke special event permits until at least April 15 to help curb the spread of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The announcement comes a day after the mayor said he did not plan to limit large gatherings like many major cities have already done to curb the spread of the contagious virus.

Mayor Bynum said in a statement that the decision was not made lightly and was driven by how the virus can spread without people showing symptoms and how testing is not readily available.

“While standard guidelines indicate that we could wait until evidence of community spread before restricting event size, we see cities across America being proactive and getting ahead of that guidance,” Bynum said in a statement. “When it comes to public safety, I want Tulsa to be abundantly cautious and proactive too.”

The ban will go into effect at 5 p.m. Saturday.

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