mask mandate ends
(Mike Allen)

All things must pass, as they say, even mask mandates. This past Friday, Oklahoma City’s mask mandate ended, and with it begins a stronger push for vaccinations from Mayor David Holt. Local businesses can (and many likely will) still require masks while indoors, but this appears to be a big step toward returning to something resembling “normal” for residents in the metro. COVID-19 numbers are much lower at this time from our state’s peak in January, so this seems like the right call, although the adjustment back to a non-masked world may take a little while.

One thing I hope not to see, though, are piles of masks littered everywhere. I don’t mean that we will see them on the ground due to some sort of defiant or triumphant gesture, but I worry that a mask seems like an object ripe for litter. I’m half joking here, but when you really think about it, much of the litter we see on the ground are things that are associated with, or go into, our mouths. Food trash, cigarette butts, chewing gum; all mouth stuff. And now a thing that has covered our mouths for nearly a year is suddenly seen as disposable?

I’ve seen quite a few jokes about “nature is healing” lately, due to positive news on the pandemic. I hope it can help us out here, too.

Past Sundaze comics

Everyone getting pegged with a charter school audit
Real ID: Thank you so much for playing my game
Gold Dome renovation could involve taxpayer subsidy
OU basketball says goodbye to Lon Kruger, Sherri Coale
Keanu Reeves in OKC? Excellent!
New depths of boredom after a year with COVID
Demolishing OU housing towers should be a breeze
Happy tastes good: Oklahoma wants to be Texas?
Rolling blackouts: Storm saga so confusing
You’re on your own: It’s too cold for Cupid this year
COVID vaccine: Never doubt what nobody is sure about
Oklahoma Legislature: A mask for thee, but not for me
Quite the quandary: Q followers feel let down
Pop quiz: What is jeopardizing the state of Oklahoma?
Imagine the day-to-day life of the Q Shaman
The year that was: 2020 blew up the bathroom
All we want for Christmas is more COVID-19 vaccine
The coronavirus turns into a pumpkin at 11 p.m.
Day of fasting a brief end for endless breadsticks?
Farewell Steven Adams, OKC’s second Mr. Thunder
Thanksgiving 2020 should be all about perspective
Mixed messaging on masks still makes no sense
Power problems lead to weird rituals after 2020 storm
Halloween 2020 more of a trick than a treat?
No ICU beds: The spooky movie of the season
Students surely making most of extra screen time
Epic fail? Audit yields more questions on public money
Rough Saturday for Sooners fans
Budget blockbusters from the Cox Convention Center?