MASK ORDINANCE EXTENDED- 09/01/20



Oklahoma City’s mask ordinance extended until Oct. 20

09/01/2

Oklahoma City’s face mask ordinance remains in effect until at least Oct. 20th after the City Council voted Tuesday to extend the requirement to wear face coverings in indoor public places. The Council has discretion to revisit the expiration date at future meetings.

There is a new exception in the ordinance that allows people to not wear a mask when they are communicating with someone who is deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Public health officials say face coverings are key to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Cases have declined in the metro since Oklahoma City’s emergency mask order was first put in place July 17. There have been no other changes to local or statewide coronavirus response efforts since then that can be linked to the decline of cases in the metro.

Evidence shows there’s a high risk of infected people spreading the virus with their breath if they don’t use a face covering. Evidence also shows infected people can spread the virus even if they don’t have symptoms, underscoring the importance of mask-wearing even for people who feel healthy.

Visit covid19.okc.gov for the latest on the coronavirus in Oklahoma City.

Enforcement

People can report violations of the mask ordinance to the Action Center using one of four ways:
• Online at okc.gov/action
• By email to action.center@okc.gov
• By text message to (405) 252-1053
• Or through the OKC app at https://www.okc.gov/residents/action-center/okc-connect-app

The Action Center staff will make a report that is routed to OKC-County Health Department, whose inspectors will respond to reports.

When responding, inspectors will first offer a mask or an opportunity for the person to leave the public, indoor space.