Communications & Public Affairs
July 16, 2020

Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 [email protected]

Democratic Leader Demands Governor Implement Statewide Mask Policy

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, today released the following statement after Arkansas and more than half of the states in the United States have issued a statewide mask policy.

“Governor Stitt continues to declare his support for Oklahoma’s economy, while he does nothing to protect it or our citizens,” Virgin said. “His rhetoric says he wants to avoid another shutdown, but his policy continues to move us closer and closer in that direction.

“More than half the states in the union have implemented a mask policy, and Oklahoma’s governor, who has contracted COVID-19, has said he is ‘not thinking about a mask mandate at all.’ Not at all? Are the lives and safety of Oklahomans not even worth a thought?

“It is absurd for this to continue.

“The best shot we have at slowing this pandemic and keeping our economy open is implementing a statewide mask policy. Every day that we go without one is a day closer to Oklahoma businesses having to close their doors. It is time to stop talking about leadership and actually show some.”