Norman Amends Face-Mask Ordinance To Curb 'Nuisance Parties'

Wednesday, September 23rd 2020, 5:40 am
By: Caleb Califano

Norman -

The Norman city council has officially made changes to its face-mask ordinance, with many new clarifications affecting “nuisance parties.”

Council members said the changes were needed after watching the University of Oklahoma's first home game two weeks ago.

Now, the city council is requiring large groups to be limited to 25 people. This includes outside groups, even on a front lawn.

Penalties could be added if people don't follow face mask requirements as well.

Talks surrounding changing the ordinance came up after videos surfaced showing people not social distancing on the last game day.

Mayor Brea Clark says these changes were necessary to stop another major wave of COVID-19.

“I don’t like any of this. But this is our chance before another game day to do the right thing,” said Clark.

Violators of the ordnance could receives fines from $50 up to $500.

However, during the meeting, a deputy chief with the Norman Police department told council members no one would be entering private homes to enforce the ordinance.