OKC City Council, OCCHD Meeting To Discuss Possible Face Mask Ordinance

Thursday, July 16th 2020, 7:34 am
By: News 9

Oklahoma City -

The Oklahoma City council will vote on a proposed mask mandate Friday at 1 p.m.

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Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said we will have to see how the vote goes, but so far only a couple of city councilors are publicly against the ordinance.

The Mayor said he will vote yes, and he believes local business will feel more comfortable with it.

"We've also heard from a lot of businesses that would like to have a policy, which they could do today. But they feel an ordinance in place would back them up. They feel that they will be more comfortable if there is an ordinance," said Holt.

The start date for the proposed mask requirement would depend on how many council members vote in favor. If seven or more vote yes it would go into effect immediately, if only five or six vote yes, it would take effect August 21.

No matter how it passes it would expire September 8.

Under the proposed ordinance a mask needs to cover both the nose and mouth, and would have to be worn in indoor spaces that are open to public, that includes private property.

If it's passed, Oklahoma City police will be enforcing it by writing tickets.

The first offense will cost $50 , that's bumped up to $250 and $500 for the second and third offense.

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