Residents React To Potential Mask Mandate In OKC

Wednesday, July 15th 2020, 10:45 pm
By: Clayton Cummins


It has become the hottest topic to date, masking up to limit the spread of COVID-19. Employees at an Oklahoma City Sketchers store were assaulted over it last week.

“It doesn’t matter to me, it’s not going to affect my life too much,” said Michael Hayes.

Hayes would have no problem with such mandate for however long it may last.

“You’ve got to go what you’ve got to do,” said Hayes. “If they tell you to wear a mask, its probably for your best. I would wear a mask. It’s the most sensible thing to do.”

But a mask, Abigail Price feels, violates her rights. She’d be against a city-wide mandate.

“If you’re sick, stay home. If you’re vulnerable, stay home,” said Price. “I think it keeps everything in and it doesn’t allow you to breath property. I think it harms you more that protects you. People who are wearing masks are testing positive so what does a mask really do?”

Louie and Karen Zaragoza are visiting Bricktown from Texas where mandates have already taken effect.

They call it a grab for power by politicians.

“You need to be responsible. If you’re sick stay home wear a mask,” said Hayes. “If you’re not sick, you shouldn’t have to wear a mask.”

“I think the coronavirus is just like the flu. I think people are just making a big ordeal about it because it is something that we weren’t expecting,” said Price.

If the city were to adopt a mandate with seven yes votes, it would be effective immediately and run through September 8th.