Mayor requesting masks to be strongly recommended in public; council to decide

Update – The Guthrie city council approved the resolution 4-2 to strongly recommend citizens wear masks while in public.

Mayor Steve Gentling, who brought the item forward, along with council members Jeff Taylor, Sharyl Padgett and Vice Mayor Jim Case voted for the agenda item, while Brian Bothroyd and Don Channel voted against the resolution.

The Guthrie city council is expected to vote on a resolution that would strongly recommended all citizens to wear a mask while in public. The request is being brought forward by Mayor Steve Gentling as COVID cases continue to rise.

The agenda item will be heard during the council meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Prior to the council meeting, a City workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Both meetings can be viewed on GNP YouTube.

The proposed resolution — not a City ordinance — strongly encourages the use of masks and other protective measures to reduce community transmission of the COVID-19 virus and pledges support to those property owners and businesses who require the use of masks in the City of Guthrie.

The item will need a minimum of four votes for approval.

If approved, the resolution would recommend and encourage all places of business, workplaces, retail stores, businesses, restaurants and bars, fitness centers, places of worship, businesses providing personal services and medical and healthcare facilities in the City of Guthrie require the use of masks/facial coverings on such properties.

The City and police department have said, if the resolution is approved, they will pledge their support to those places requiring the use of masks/facial coverings, and pledge to provide assistance in instances where individuals refuse to comply with the standards established by the business owner(s) or property owner(s), as allowed by Oklahoma statute and City ordinances.

With the latest data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday, Logan County has recorded a total of 1,577 confirmed positive COVID tests dating back to March. So far, 938 have recovered from the virus, while three have died.

During the same time frame, Guthrie has seen 938 confirmed positives, 703 recoveries and zero deaths.

Of the 346 current active cases in the county, 235 are in and around Guthrie, according to health officials.


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