OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Kevin Stitt issued new protocols to help limit the spread of COVID-19 during a press conference on Monday, Nov. 16.
Stitt announced effective Thursday, Nov. 19, all restaurants must insure tables stay 6 feet apart. All bars and restaurants will close at 11 p.m., except for curbside and drive through windows.
Starting Tuesday, Nov. 17, all state employees must wear a mask at work and at state buildings.
Throughout the entire battle against COVID-19, my first priority has been to protect the health and lives of Oklahomans. Two other things are also very important to me. We’re going to keep businesses open safely and we're going to work to get all kids back in school safely by the end of Christmas Break. However, it’s going to take everyone working together to meet these goals.
Coronavirus cases continue to increase across the state of Oklahoma and the country.
On Monday, Nov. 16, the state health department reported 2,729 new cases of coronavirus with an additional 10 deaths in Oklahoma.
"These aren’t our first actions, and they won’t be our last," Gov. Stitt said. "Based on the data in our state – specifically the rise in hospitalizations – now is the time to do more. Each one of us has a role to play in this fight. I need every Oklahoman to think about what they can do to slow the spread."
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