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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt Skips Mask Mandate in Alleged COVID Crackdown

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt Skips Mask Mandate in Alleged COVID Crackdown

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt stopped short once again of imposing a statewide mask mandate Monday, becoming the latest governor to put in place new restrictions—but not the one that experts say is crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The governors of Iowa, Nebraska, and Idaho also have held press conferences in recent weeks to announce new measures in response to ever-higher coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations. But they have all declined to implement a blanket statewide mask mandate—an issue that has become pointlessly politicized.

Stitt, a Republican, has resisted requiring masks statewide for months, even after the Trump White House’s Coronavirus Task Force recommended the move earlier this year. With the state’s coronavirus situation growing worse Monday, the governor made a small concession, ordering that all state employees, would need “to wear a mask in common areas or when they’re around people at work.”

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