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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:
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