- Face Masks/Coverings
Lawton City Council adopted Ordinance 21-07 on 3/23/21, eliminating the requirements for the posting of signage and the wearing of face masks in certain instances to help limit the spreading of disease, providing for severability and declaring an emergency. To view a copy of what was adopted, visit: lawtonok.gov/publications/ordinance-21-07-city-lawton.
Citizens are still advised to abide by CDC guidelines and respect the wishes of businesses or entities that may still require masks.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health will enter Phase Four of vaccine distribution on 3/29/21, making all Oklahomans (ages 16 and up) eligible to receive the vaccine. To register for an appointment, visit https://vaccinate.oklahoma.gov/en-US/. Citizens may also reach out to their local healthcare providers and pharmacies for options available to them regarding vaccination, or they may visit vaccinefinder.org.
Visit oklahoma.gov/covid19.html to view data and statistics on COVID-19 cases in the state, per county or by city.
On 7/17/20, Lawton City Council voted to approve an amended ordinance that requires the posting of signage and the wearing of face masks when indoors to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
The ordinance, effective immediately, states that "every person in the City of Lawton shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth and shall be worn consistent with CDC guidelines when inside a commercial entity of other building, structure or space open to the public, public transit." There are several exceptions to the wearing of masks, which are outlined in Section "A" of the ordinance and include circumstances involving age, private settings, activity, medical conditions and potentially hazardous situations, as well as certain types of business and clientele. If a medical condition or disability prevents a person from wearing a face mask, a face shield may be worn.
"All residents are now required to wear masks in indoor public spaces in accordance with the ordinance, but we hope our community will use courtesy to help educate and remind each other of this requirement," said Michael Cleghorn, City Manager. "Education and cooperation over enforcement is preferred."
A final copy of the ordinance can be found here: https://www.lawtonok.gov/sites/default/files/publications/2020-07/Ordinance%2020-12.pdf . Unless otherwise repealed, amended, or superseded by ordinance, this face coveting mandate ordinance shall remain in effect until the termination of the Governor of the State of Oklahoma's Emergency Declaration regarding COVID-19.
Questions specific to the City mandate may be sent into @email.
Citizens may visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov to view State COVID-19 data and obtain additional public information concerning the virus.
See a list of FAQs, published 7/20/20, here: https://www.lawtonok.gov/publications/faqs-face-mask-mandate-72020
*** Community Businesses should see a Partnership Letter in regards to the mandate, which may be found here: https://www.lawtonok.gov/publications/business-partnership-letter ***