TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa City Council voted 9-0 to extend the mask ordinance Wednesday.
The extension will be in place until midnight April 30, 2021.
The revised ordinance mandates face coverings be worn inside public spaces and outside where social distancing isn’t possible.
“When the Council originally approved the mask requirement in July, we made a commitment to citizens that we would publicly re-evaluate this ordinance every 90 days to see if an extension was needed,” Council Chair Vanessa Hall-Harper said. “Dr. Bruce Dart, the Executive Director of the Tulsa Health Department, recommended that the mandate and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts should continue until the end of summer. This extension will give the time needed for more people to get vaccinated.”
The City of Tulsa’s mask mandate requires a mask for all persons 10 years old and older in public settings and in places of public accommodation.
The amendment extends for 90 days this current mask mandate and the additional virus mitigation measures approved in November:
- Requiring a COVID-19 Safety Plan for events of 150 people or more – safety plans must be submitted to the Tulsa Health Department 14 calendar days before the event
- Requiring separation or distance provisions in use at restaurants, bars and other places of public accommodation and public settings
- Requiring entities to consistently make adequate efforts to have patrons and attendees comply with face covering requirements and to implement a sanitation protocol to protect employees and customers
- Giving the Tulsa Health Department authority to enforce the City’s COVID-19 ordinances in places of public accommodation, public settings, restaurants and bars – with City code enforcement assisting
“The COVID working group established between the City Council and my office reached this determination together and I fully support it. While the vaccine is being deployed, we aren’t out of the woods yet. We must continue to give our health care professionals the support they need in slowing the spread of the virus, and this is a necessary step to continue that effort. I want to thank the City Council for taking this important action tonight for our community and will sign it when it reaches my desk,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said.
A detailed list of FAQs, background on places of public accommodation, and other information and resources are available at http://www.cityoftulsa.org/COVID19.
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