Face masks/coverings required in indoor spaces

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PUBLISHED 7/17/20

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 Unless otherwise repealed, amended, or superseded by ordinance, this face coveting mandate ordinance shall remain in effect until the termination of the Governor of the State of Oklahoma's Emergency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.

Signage can be found here: https://www.lawtonok.gov/sites/default/files/publications/2020-07/COL%20Mask_Face%20Covering%20Flyer%20%282%29.pdf

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 ***

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