OKLAHOMA CITY - Those who want to ride elevators in Oklahoma County facilities will now be required to wear a mask unless they are medically unable.

Oklahoma County commissioners voted 2-1 Wednesday to approve a recommendation from the county’s emergency management director that masks be required on elevators throughout county buildings to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s obvious why,” said emergency management director David Barnes, citing the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

“It may not be a legally enforceable measure. However, having signage and recommendations and stating that it is a requirement to wear a mask to be on the elevator, our intent is not from a legal perspective. Our intent is from a protection perspective.”

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