Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) issued an executive order Friday that bans state agencies from enforcing mask mandates and coronavirus vaccine requirements for people using their buildings.
The order, which takes effect Tuesday, says, “All buildings and office space, owned or leased by the State of Oklahoma and open to the public shall rescind any mandate for the wearing of masks in order to receive government services.”
In addition, the order says, “All state agencies are hereby prohibited from requiring a vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of admittance to any public building.”
In announcing the order, Stitt said the order “shall not apply to employees and buildings of state agencies primarily involved in medical patient-facing activities including research participant areas and facilities where patient care is the primary function.”
The order also said it should not be “construed to restrict an individual’s right to wear a mask in a state