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The Edmond City Council has adopted an ordinance requiring face coverings while inside any indoor place open to the public. The ordinance will go into effect in 30 days, Wednesday, August 26, as determined by the Edmond City Charter. The Charter allows for immediate implementation of an emergency ordinance with four affirmative council votes, but the ordinance received three affirmative votes. The ordinance is currently scheduled to expire at midnight on Tuesday, September 8.
Under the ordinance, the public is encouraged to wear disposable or non-disposable face coverings that fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, are secured and allow for breathing without restrictions. Exceptions to the requirement are as follows:
It is anticipated that Edmond residents will voluntarily comply with the regulations that have been put into place. However, persons refusing to wear a face covering in any indoor place open to the public without a valid exception may be subject to prosecution for criminal trespass, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, or similar offenses as circumstances warrant. It is defensible to forgo wearing a face covering if an individual produces a document demonstrating that his/her/their physician has verified that wearing a face covering could cause impairment or would constitute a hazard to the individual.
Additionally, the City Council voted to extend the current Declaration of Emergency through at least August 26. For the latest information on local regulations, building closures, additional cancellations and access to resources from our health partners, please visit http://edmondok.com/coronavirus.