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Governor Stitt Outlines Phases to Reopen Oklahoma

Posted at 10:30 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 08:11:57-04

Governor Kevin Stitt, along with the Governor's Solution Task Force, gave an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Stitt says in Phase One, Oklahomans should continue to do the following: avoid social gatherings that don't allow for social distancing and minimize non-essential travel. He says employers should create phases for people to return to work, while keeping common areas closed and honoring requests and accommodations for high risk employees.

Gov. Stitt continued by adding that personal care businesses can reopen Friday for appointment only, and must have strict sanitation. This would include such businesses as pet groomers, hair salons, spas, etc.

Grocery stores should continue to have special hours for the most vulnerable in the community.

Beginning May 1, Gov. Stitt says the following businesses can reopen, if they comply to all of the precautions:

  • Restaurants
  • Movie Theaters
  • Gyms
  • Churches
  • Sporting Venues

During Phase One, bars will remain closed, says Gov. Stitt.

Gov. Stitt says it is important to note that if hospital data remain manageable for two weeks then we will go onto Phase Two.

During Phase two, the most vulnerable in the community will still partake in implementing precautions. Sporting events and bars will be able to reopen, and funerals and weddings can resume with more than 10 people.

If hospital data continues to be manageable for another two weeks after the beginning of Phase Two, then Phase 3 will be implemented.

Below is the current hospital data provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health:

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Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum responded to Governor Stitt's announcement today on Facebook, saying he is working with the Tulsa Health Department and the State Department of Health to determine when these processes can safely begin in the City of Tulsa.

Bynum continued by saying he plans to discuss this on Thursday with the Mayor's Economic Recovery Advisory Committee and his colleagues, and will share his thoughts with the community on Friday during a news conference.

Mayor Bynum says the Safer At Home order remains for Tulsa city limits through April 30 at this time.

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