Tulsa Health Department encourages businesses to refuse service to people not wearing masks

"This is the new normal."

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TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Health Department is encouraging businesses to consider not serving customers who aren’t wearing masks.

Dr. Bruce Dart began Wednesday’s news conference with the City of Tulsa by saying a mandatory mask order could be around the corner.

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“We strongly recommend businesses requiring close customer-employee interaction to refuse service to customers who do not wear masks,” Dr. Dart says.

“Any time you are around people who do not live in your home, you need to wear a face covering.”

Dr. Dart says this is “the new normal” and people have to get used to wearing a mask.

The Tulsa Health Department says it will recommend that the city mandate masks in public places if COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

“If we continue to see an exponential rise in cases, which we frankly expect over the next few days, I will be asking our local mayors and city councils to make face coverings mandatory,” Dr. Dart says.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said during last week’s news conference that he would only mandate masks in Tulsa if Dr. Dart recommended it to him.