LATS (Lawton Area Transit System) will no longer enforce the national mask mandate or require passengers to wear face masks and coverings while using/riding public transit. Recently the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) updated its policies due to a ruling from a federal judge, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizellethat that struck down the mandatory mask mandate for all public transportation.

Nothing says you can't wear a mask if you want to, it's just not mandatory, nor will any further enforcement of face masks or coverings continue. The Biden administration and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) were set to renew and/or continue the mask mandates but it has since been struck down. Not only will this include LATS but all the airlines, trains, boats, taxis, and other public transit systems.

The CDC, TSA, and other health organizations and professionals while not having the authority or ability to enforce mask mandates still suggest/recommend that you wear one. You can click here to see the statement from the TSA regarding mask and face coverings. Again nothing says you can't wear a mask if you feel it's necessary, they just aren't enforcing mask policies and requiring their mandatory use.

This recent action has, as you can imagine, created a lot of concern and controversy. The ruling came just days before the extension of mask mandates and other security directives that were set to go in place. Some people are worried, others are rejoicing. Either way, at least for the time being, these mandatory mask mandates are over. The ruling applies to airplanes, trains, boats, buses even taxis and rideshare vehicles.

The best Lawton, Fort Sill Facebook pages & groups to join, follow & be a part of.

If you just moved here, welcome to Lawton, Fort Sill we're glad you're here. It can be difficult moving and starting up in a new place. Trying to make friends, find things to do, get more information about the town itself, and just get acquainted with all the goings-on. We're here to try and help you out with a list of the best Lawton, Fort Sill Facebook pages and groups you should join, follow and be a part of.

The Dreadful Downtown Hauntings of Lawton, OK.

When it comes to ghost tales and hauntings Lawton, Fort Sill has more than a few scary stories to tell. The most active hauntings and paranormal/supernatural occurrences that have been reported seem to be centered around downtown Lawton. If you've lived here a while I'm sure you've heard a few of these terrifying tales yourself. If not check out the photo gallery below of the dreadful downtown hauntings of Lawton, OK.

Where to Find the many murals by Justin Hackney's Spreading PAINT in Lawton, Fort Sill.

If you've driven around town you've probably seen all the murals we have in Lawton, Fort Sill. If you take the time to look you'll notice that they're everywhere. We're lucky to have so many talented artists that share their work with us regularly by painting murals. One name you've probably heard before is Justin Hackney and Spreading PAINT. His work of masterful murals can be found all over town. He's done some of the very best and has painted everything from rock stars to celebrities and everything in between. He has a style all his own and has painted murals in full color, vivid transposed negative style, and in black and white. Be on the lookout for his latest mural masterpiece he's going to keep painting them so long as people want them and there's wall space. Looking forward to seeing his next one! Check out the gallery below of Justin Hackney's Spreading PAINT murals and where to find them. We'll continue to add to the gallery as he paints them.

Check out the most expensive house for sale in Lawton!

Take a virtual tour inside of the most expensive house for sale in Lawton, Fort Sill. It's a massive, mini-mansion and epic estate that's listed for $599,900.00 by Julie Bridges of RE/MAX PROFESSIONALS. You may have seen this house it's located at 204 N.W. Mockingbird Road. It's a 3,300 square foot, 4 bedroom, 3 bath home and oh' so much more! See what $599,900.00 would buy, check out the photo gallery below:

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