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Masks Now Required In Oklahoma County Building Elevators

Oklahoma County Commissioners voted 2-1 Wednesday to require masks inside the elevators of Oklahoma County facilities. 

The recommendation came from Oklahoma County Emergency Management Director David Barnes, who cited the recent surge in COVID-19 infections. Barnes admitted that it may not be a legally enforceable measure, but he hopes that by having signs stating it is a requirement to wear a mask to be on the elevator will compel people to do so in order to protect others.

For people entering county buildings without a mask, Barnes said the county has enough personal protective equipment in stock to provide one.

In the last week, four county employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Commissioners Kevin Calvey and Carrie Blumert voted in favor of the elevator mask requirement, while Brian Maughan voted against the measure.

The proclamation granting emergency powers for the county and the state expires on July 12.

Rachel Hubbard serves as KOSU's executive director.
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