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Posted on: July 28, 2020

City Council Adopts Ordinance Requiring Face Coverings Effective August 26

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:

  • Persons under 11 years of age unless required by a school or day care to wear a face covering
  • Persons working in a professional office who do not have any face-to-face interactions with the public
  • Restaurant patrons while eating or drinking
  • Persons in a setting where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, such as when receiving dental services, medical treatments, or while swimming or at a splash park
  • Persons engaged in any competitive sporting activities, whether professional or amateur or merely for recreational purposes
  • Persons engaged in performing cardio exercise, but they should make a reasonable effort to practice social distancing from persons not from their household
  • Persons inside any Federal, State or county government building or other facility
  • Persons inside any public or private school building or other facility unless required by the school to wear a face covering
  • Persons with a developmental disability, including persons who are deaf and hard of hearing, and also mental and psychiatric disability

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.


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