City Council votes to reinstate mask ordinance for 100 more days
The Jenks City Council met virtually Tuesday to discuss numerous agenda items, but the most popular item was the re-enactment of the mask mandate requiring people to wear masks while in Jenks city limits to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
After more than two hours of discussion, the council voted 4-3 in favor of reinstating the mask ordinance.
City Council Member Kaye Lynn was the most vocal against the mask mandate. She brought numerous statistics and articles debunking the theory that masks help against the spread of the coronavirus, but it did not change any of her peers’ minds, as the same people who voted for the mandate in November voted yes and the same councilors who voted against did the same Tuesday.
Mayor Robert Lee voted for the mandate, as did councilor Gary Isbell, councilor Dawn Dyke and councilor Craig Murray.
Vice Mayor Donna Ogez, councilor Cory Box and Lynn voted against the ordinance.
The new mask mandate went into effect immediately and will be good for the next 100 days, which means it will expire May 31.
The previous ordinance was approved in November of 2020 and expired Jan. 31 of this year. There was a special meeting scheduled the week prior to the expiration to vote to extend the mandate, but it was canceled due to safety reasons.