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Council Approves Resolution Recommending Face Coverings, Vaccines

August 25, 2021

The Tulsa City Council voted 9 to 0 to approve a resolution regarding COVID-19 mitigation based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The resolution states: 

  • The Mayor and the City Council strongly encourage City of Tulsa residents and visitors to obey the most recent CDC guidance as to who should wear a mask, as updated on August 19, 2021, which includes a recommendation for everyone to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission, even if they are fully vaccinated.
  • The City reminds Tulsa residents that businesses and organizations are free to require more stringent mask rules and asks that all residents respect all such requirements. The Tulsa Police Department will continue to respond to trespassing complaints, as a violation of Title 27 Tulsa Revised Ordinances, Section 2106, for businesses or other entities that choose to require masks.
  • The City strongly encourages all Tulsa residents aged 12 and up to be vaccinated and to address any questions and concerns about vaccines and boosters to a trusted health professional.

The resolution now heads to Mayor G.T. Bynum’s desk. As it was passed with the emergency clause, the resolution will take effect immediately following the Mayor’s signature.

Tulsa joins Stillwater, Norman and Oklahoma City in passing a resolution supporting the CDC guidance on COVID-19 mitigation. 

At the beginning of the meeting, the Council approved a motion to table the ordinance mandating face coverings until December 1, 2021. However, the Council may place the ordinance on an agenda for second reading and action sooner if it deems it necessary.

View the full text of the resolution here.