OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The masks mandate for the Oklahoma County Courthouse advanced is not in place after a 2-1 vote by the Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday.
In a 2-1 vote by the Board of Oklahoma County Commissioners on Wednesday morning, the masks mandate for the courthouse advanced was rescinded.
“Just lately, we’ve had an growing variety of requests to rescind it,” Commissioner Kevin Calvey, District 3, stated.
Calvey stated that’s the reason he requested the merchandise be added to Wednesday particular assembly agenda.
“Bear in mind, we’re in a setting the place individuals need to put on a masks for a really very long time. A few of our workers, and many others. It’s not like only a fast jaunt into the shop or one thing like that,” Calvey stated.
Nonetheless, representatives from the Oklahoma Metropolis-County Well being Division warn that whereas day by day case counts are in fairly good condition, testing quantity is low proper now, making it onerous to know the true scenario of COVID-19 locally.
“It seems good now however we’re undecided if it’s actual or not,” stated Phil Maytubby, COO for OCCHD. “That is the CDC map on stage of neighborhood transmission for Oklahoma County. These are nonetheless within the substantial vary.”
After Maytubby’s presentation, Commissioner Carrie Blumert proposed they hold the masks mandate in place till April thirtieth.
“I’ve jurors contact me on a regular basis asking, ‘Do it’s important to put on masks? Is it protected? Am I going to be socially distanced?’ And to this point, I’ve been capable of inform them, ‘Sure, now we have a masks coverage,’ and now, I gained’t be capable of inform them that,” Blumert stated.
Opinions from the general public outdoors the county advanced concerning the determination are blended.
“I don’t suppose masks are useful in stopping or slowing down the unfold of the virus,” stated Brett Bricker. “I don’t put on a masks. I haven’t worn a masks in any respect ever since I’ve been coming into this constructing.”
“It’s completely absurd to do with out our masks. They’re confirmed to work,” Beau Williams stated. “We have to take each accountable security precaution obtainable to us.”
Judges can nonetheless mandate masks of their particular person courtrooms.
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