City Council approves, Mayor Bynum signs Tulsa mask ordinance

Mayor Bynum hopes new mask mandate will help local hospitals

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa City Council approved a revised version of the mask ordinance proposed by Mayor G.T. Bynum by a vote of 7-2 Wednesday night.

Councilors Cass Fahler and Connie Dodson represented the two votes against the measure.

The newly revised ordinance mandates face coverings be worn inside public spaces and outside where social distancing isn’t possible.

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You can see the revised version of the ordinance here.

Mayor G.T. Bynum signed the ordinance at 9 a.m. Thursday to give police time to properly understand it. It went into effect immediately upon signing.

‪The City of Tulsa mask ordinance is signed and in effect. We do this at the request of our hospitals, our doctors and...

Posted by Mayor GT Bynum on Thursday, July 16, 2020

It will expire on Nov. 30 or when the mayor’s civil emergency orders related to COVID-19 have expired -- whichever comes first. It can also be changed by repeal, modification or extension by Tulsa City Council.

Exceptions

Here are the exceptions listed in the ordinance in which people will not be penalized for not wearing a mask:

  • Those who fall into the CDC’s guidance for those who should not wear face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability.
  • Children under 18 years of age.
  • Those who are eating or drinking.
  • Those who are exercising in communal outdoor spaces or persons walking or exercising with other persons from the same household in communal outdoor spaces, as long as physical distancing is maintained - persons congregating in communal outdoor spaces with other persons not in their same household are required to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not maintained.
  • Those in settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, such as dental services, medical treatments or while swimming.
  • Occupants in a personal vehicle, personal office, or similarly private space while other persons outside of the person’s household are not present.
  • Those in their private homes.
  • Those in offices and workplaces that are not public service areas where physical distancing between employees and other occupants can be consistently maintained during hours of operation.

Penalties

There is no specific punishment set for people who violate the ordinance.

However, those who refuse to wear a mask in one of the spaces where it’s required could face prosecution under criminal trespassing, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct or similar offenses as circumstances warrant.