Mandatory Mask Ordinance
"All persons shall wear face coverings when entering and while inside any indoor place open to the public."
- Begins 12:00 AM 7/27/2020
- Ends 12:00 AM 9/30/2020
- Persons Under 11 unless required by a school or day care,
- Professional office spaces where there is no face-to-face interactions with public,
- While eating and drinking in restaurants,
- Where not practical or feasible to wear a face covering. (Dental services, medical)
- When engaged in a sporting activity
- Performing cardio, but effort should be made to socially distance
- Attending any indoor religious service or ceremony as long as social distancing is practiced
- In public or private school building or other facility unless required by school to wear covering
- Persons with developmental, mental, and/or medical disability, including persons who are deaf and hard of hearing
- Before considered an offense officers will offer a face covering or the option to leave the indoor public place - no citation will be issued to a person who takes one of these options
- Each violation is a separate offense
- First and second offense has a $9 fine only
- Any more violations require appearance in Municipal court, and a maximum penalty of $100
As Oklahoman’s have witnessed increases in COVID-19 cases across our state and increases locally within our City and County, the City Commission met on Thursday, July 23, 2020 to consider a face covering ordinance to protect the overall health and well-being our community. The Commission made the decision face coverings will be required when entering and inside indoor public places beginning Monday, July 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM through September 30, 2020 at 12:00 AM. The Commission wanted to give the community time to prepare over the weekend for implementation of the ordinance.
Per the ordinance, a face covering is a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in one place without the use of one’s hands and/or face shield.
Additionally, exceptions were provided to allow relief for medical conditions, activities where wearing a face covering is not practical, and activities where social distancing can accomplish a similar result as wearing a mask.
As this ordinance is implemented, our City Commission, law enforcement and administration team desires for everyone to remain healthy and educated to the requirements of the ordinance. Law enforcement will make every effort to assist in educating to help those around us before offering citations. When it comes to our health, education is the key.
We understand the discomfort, however; we want everyone to remember wearing a face covering protects the people around us, not necessarily ourselves. If we can help reduce the spread while allowing our businesses to remain open and vibrant, we have a great success.
Stay healthy, Shawnee!