Jenks to require masks after 4-3 council vote

Jenks to require masks after 4-3 council vote

Citizens of Jenks and anyone visiting will now have to abide by a mask ordinance following Tuesday’s 4-3 vote in favor of a mask mandate by the City Council.

In a three-plus hour City Council Meeting Tuesday, Mayor Robert Lee, Council Member Craig Murray, Council Member Gary Isbell and Council Member Dawn Dyke voted yes on the mandate, while Vice Mayor Donna Ogez and Council Members Cory Box and Kaye Lynn voted against it.

Ordinance No. 1538, which amends Code Chapter 14 by adding “Face coverings and social distancing during COVID-19 Pandemic Civil Emergency”, goes into effect immediately.

The ordinance requires the use of face coverings for people over the age of 10, if located within public service areas of public accommodation or an educational institution with certain exception.

The ordinance will run through Jan. 31 of 2021. 

The mask mandate will be enforced by the Jenks Police Department with potential fines up to $200.

The following persons, locations and activities are exempt from this requirement:

1. Persons who fall into the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for those who should not wear Face Coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability;

2. Children under 10 years of age;

3. Restaurant patrons while they are eating or drinking;

4. Persons exercising in communal outdoor spaces, or persons walking or exercising with other persons from the same household in communal outdoor spaces, as long as Physical Distancing is maintained. Persons congregating in communal outdoor spaces with other persons not in their same household are required to wear Face Coverings when Physical Distancing is not maintained;

5. Settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a Face Covering, such as dental services, medical treatments or while swimming;

6. Occupants in a personal vehicle, personal office, or similarly private space while other persons outside of the person’s household are not present;

7. Private homes, and

8. Offices and workplaces that are not Public Service Areas where Physical Distancing between employees and other occupants can be consistently maintained during hours of operation.

According to the ordinance, “Face Covering” means a covering that fully covers a person’s nose and mouth. The term “Face Covering” includes, but is not limited to, cloth face masks, towels, scarves, and bandanas as recommended by the CDC or OSDH, an N95, KN95, or other mask that would be appropriate for a health care setting, or a surgical mask. The Face Covering should fit snuggly on a person’s face but allow the person to breathe easily and worn consistent with the guidance provided by the CDC or OSDH.

“Social” or “Physical Distancing” means maintaining six feet of distance between persons who are not part of the same household while in a public accommodation, educational building, or public setting.

“Place of Public Accommodation” means all places offering items, goods or services for purchase or rent, including without limitation retail businesses, personal services and spas, entertainment venues, food service facilities, restaurants and bars, hotels, motels and travel-related services, professional offices and services, banks and financial services, repair facilities, and/or motor vehicle dealerships.

“Public Service Area” means areas of a Place of Public Accommodation or an Educational Institution wherein employees interact with the public in the normal course of business.

“Public Setting” means any public place where persons congregate which is not a place of Public Accommodation including without limitation offices, workplaces, houses of worship and ancillary facilities, child care facilities, hospitals and health facilities, gymnasiums and physical fitness facilities, adult and youth sports facilities, communal outdoor spaces such as sidewalks, trails, parks, food trucks and other outdoor retail entities.

“Educational Institution” means any building or facility used for academic or athletic purposes on public school campuses, and any private school or preschool. This term excludes the playing surface of any athletic facility during organized activities and practices.

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