Threats of VIOLENCE force Oklahoma city to end coronavirus face mask rule
(Natural News) The city of Stillwater in Oklahoma rolled back emergency rules requiring customers to wear face masks inside businesses after threats of violence were hurled at store employees. City officials announced the change Friday, less than 24 hours after the rules originally went into effect.
“In the short time beginning on May 1, 2020, that face coverings have been required for entry into stores/restaurants, store employees have been threatened with physical violence and showered with verbal abuse,” stated City Manager Norman McNickle. “In addition, there has been one threat of violence using a firearm.”
Face mask rules amended
The face mask rules were implemented by the city in light of Oklahoma’s gradual reopening strategy. Under this plan, personal care businesses such as hair salons had been allowed to reopen across the state starting on April 14. Meanwhile, restaurant dining rooms were allowed to open on May 1, provided that they adhered to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols.
The rules regarding the requiring of face masks for Stillwater businesses were part of an emergency proclamation released by Mayor Will Joyce on April 30. Less than a day after it came out, however, business owners started reporting that their employees were being threatened because of the face mask requirement. This resulted in the mayor releasing an amended version of the emergency proclamation, one that made it up to the businesses to decide whether or not to require masks. (Related: Face masks are effective at STOPPING the spread of the coronavirus through speaking, NIH study finds.)
In a series of tweets, Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce said that he expected some kind of pushback to the rules. However, he did not think that there would be physical confrontations with store employees and threatening phone calls to city hall.