Update: The City Council said a mask mandate has not been adopted at this time. This will remain in effect through August 3, but the issue is on the City Council agenda for July 27.
Edmond city leaders plan to hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, to consider amendments to the city’s revised COVID-19 emergency declaration issued last week.
At their meeting last week, city councilors said citizens and businesses had already started to make their own decisions about wearing masks.
“We are big people, we are adults,” said one citizen during the teleconference meeting. “We can decide if we want to wear masks or not.”
“What we can do is come together like we always have,” said another resident. “This battle, this crisis will take all of us, not 90%.”
Most of the city council members decided it wasn’t their job to mandate masks while others disagreed.
“I think it’s inappropriate for us to mandate masks,” said Edmond Mayor Dan O’Neil.
“I would recommend we put some order in place for face coverings,” said Council Member Darrell Davis.
In the end, the city council agreed businesses had one week to post signs on their front doors, asking customers to wear masks inside.
Residents can participate in the zoom meeting here. The Meeting ID is 826 0468 8084 and the password is 735047.
To participate by the phone, residents can dial (346) 248-7799. The meeting ID is 826 0468 8084 & Password: 735047
The meeting will be available to watch on Cox Channel 29, AT&T U-verse Channel 99 or the city’s website.