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Posted on: October 13, 2020

Altus Reminds Residents that Face Mask Order is Still in Effect

Altus, OK— October 12, 2020  In response to unsubstantiated reports that the Mayor’s Emergency Orders had been lifted requiring facial coverings within Altus city limits, the City of Altus released this statement today to remind the public that the Emergency Orders are still in effect and that the City would be responsible for communicating any changes to those Orders.

With the spread of COVID-19 still a major concern and new cases of the virus being confirmed on a daily basis in Altus and throughout Jackson County, Oklahoma, city officials reiterated the importance of social distancing, washing hands, and wearing facial coverings.  

As a reminder:  The Mayor’s Emergency Orders of August 21, 2020 state that: “Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places.”  The Mayor’s Orders also state that: “Face coverings must also be worn in all outdoor public areas within the Altus city limits at all times when social distancing of at least six (6) feet between persons not residing in the same household cannot be maintained.”

The only exceptions to the face mask requirement for indoor public locations within Altus City limits are:

  1. Persons who should not wear face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability under the CDC guidelines.
  2. Persons exempt under the American's with Disabilities Act.
  3. Children under five (5) years of age.
  4. Restaurant and bar patrons while eating or drinking.
  5. Settings when or 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. Offices and workplaces that are not public service areas where social distancing of at least six (6) feet between employees and other occupants can be consistently maintained.
  8. Persons attending any indoor religious service or ceremony as long as all persons who do not live in the same household maintain proper social distancing of not less than six (6) feet from persons not in their immediate household.
  9. Educational institutions that have adopted a plan to prevent the spread of COVID19 that includes physical distancing and face covering mandates appropriate for the institutional environment.

All restaurants and bars within the Altus city limits must restrict occupancy to fifty percent (50%) of normal, permissible capacity and must comply with CDC guidelines for social distancing and sanitization.

The most up-to-date version of the Mayor’s Emergency Orders can be found on the City of Altus’s website at: https://www.altusok.gov/DocumentCenter/View/621/8-21-2020-Emergency-Orders

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