TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa’s mask-wearing rules are about to change dramatically heading into May.
The city already planned on having its existing mask ordinance expire on April 30 as reported COVID-19 numbers have remained low over the last two months.
In a change to what he said would stay in place, Mayor G.T. Bynum announced on Facebook on Wednesday that he plans to also issue a new executive order that would remove the city’s mask requirements for restaurant and bar employees while they are at work.
“Upon review, the Tulsa Health Department does not believe local contact tracing data supports leaving a mask order in place for restaurant and bar employees while they are at work once our mask ordinance lapses at the end of the day on April 30,” Bynum said.
“Remaining in place will be our civil emergency and the requirement for safety plans on any event of 500 people or more.”
Tulsa City Council has a meeting scheduled for Wednesday where they could vote on any future preventative measures, and the city and health department have a news conference scheduled Thursday to go over their next steps in response to the virus.