The City of Tulsa recently passed an ordinance that mandates the wearing of masks/cloth face coverings.  Below is a summary of the ordinance, its requirements, exemptions, and penalties.

At our facilities, the policies, procedures, and precautions we have followed over the last several months, have served to protect us all, and comply with the city’s recent mandate.  

  • WASH YOUR HANDS: Following CDC Guidelines thoroughly wash your hands with Soap and Water.  Hand sanitation stations are located throughout the facility for when washing your hands is not convenient.
  • MASKS: Required to be worn by all Office Personnel anytime you “travel” away from your desk, i.e. to the restroom, another department, when you are in meetings where 6 ft. social distancing is not possible,  or when you are going to the plant.  Plant personnel are required to wear masks when “Traveling” into the Office Area from the plant. Masks are available to all personnel, please contact your immediate supervisor.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: Maintain 6 ft. Social Distancing whenever possible, and wear masks in areas where this is not possible.

Below is a recap of the ordinance, so you will know what is required outside your work environment.

Stay Safe, Stay Masked, Observe Social Distancing, and be Well.

Thanks,

Jeff Pelcher


MASK ORDINANCE RECAP

“WHEREAS, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings, particularly when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, and when around people who do not live in same household and; WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Tulsa, joined with the Executive Director of the Tulsa Health Department, and other public health officials in consistently encouraging people to use face coverings, and health authorities have repeatedly emphasized that wearing face coverings is one of the most important and effective tools reducing the spread of COVID-19; and WHEREAS, given the current status of COVID-19 in the City of Tulsa, requiringthe use of face coverings is a targeted response that can combat the threat to public health using the least restrictive means, and if people follow this requirement, more extreme measures may be avoided;…”

FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED

  • In a “Place of Public Accommodation”.  Defined as anyplace offering items, goods or services for purchase or rent, retail businesses, personal services and spas, entertainment venues, food service facilities, restaurants, bars, hotels, motelstravel related services, professional offices and services, banks and financial services, repair facilities, vehicle dealerships.
  • In a “Public Service Area”. Defined as Place of Public Accommodation or an Educational Institution (including any building or facility used for academic or athletic purposes on public school campuses and any private school or preschool)  wherein employees interact with the public in the normal course of business.
  • In a “Public Setting”.  Defined as any public place where persons congregate. Including without limitation offices, workplaces, houses of worship and ancillary facilities, childcare facilities, hospitals and health facilities, adult and youth sports facilities, communal outdoor spaces such as sidewalks, trails and parks, and food trucks, and other outdoor retail entities.

FACE COVERINGS ARE NOT REQUIRED

  • Persons who fall under the CDC’s guideline for those who should not wear face coverings due to a medical health condition or development disability
  • Children under the age of 18 years of age
  • Restaurant patrons while they are eating or drinking
  • Persons exercising with other persons from the same household in communal outdoor spaces, if Physical Distancing is maintained
  • Dental Services, medical treatments or while swimming
  • Personal vehicle, personal office, or similarly private space, except when someone outside your household is present
  • Offices and workplaces where Physical Distancing between employees and other occupants can be consistently maintained during hours of operation

PENALTY FOR NOT WEARING FACE MASK

  • Subject to prosecution under criminal trespass, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, or similar offenses as circumstances warrant

EXPIRATION – November 30, 2020 subject to repeal, modification, or extension

This is a link to the city’s ordinance https://www.cityoftulsa.org/media/13777/20-508-1mask-ordinance-revised-version-3-final.pdf if you would like to read the full document.