Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce recently appeared on the national talk radio show America Amplified: Life, Community and COVID-19. The show explores local community perspectives and solutions to issues during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the May 16th airing of the show, Mayor Joyce talked about Stillwater's reopening plan, which orginally required customers to wear face masks. The mayor later amended his plan to include a strong recommendation for masks after store employees were threated with violence.
"It was fairly quick that people pushed back," Joyce said. "It was the question of having our store employees in our town having to try to enforce that on their own or try to send police to all these different locations to enforce it for them. Neither of those are really a viable option."
You can listen to the show, which features two other Oklahomans talking about their opinion of face masks, in full above or hear other episodes of the show here.
America Amplified is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. KOSU is part of the America Amplified network.
KOSU wants to know your thoughts on wearing face masks in public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you or do you not wear masks? Do you only wear them sometimes, depending on where you’re going? Or did you wear them and are now no longer? Let us know by texting ‘MASK’ to our new texting number 844–777-7719.