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New COVID-19 restrictions require bars to close by 11 p.m. starting Thursday

Posted at 7:15 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 20:16:25-05

TULSA, Okla. — Bar and restaurant goers will soon have to cut their evenings short. On Monday, Governor Kevin Stitt announced new restrictions on how late bars and restaurants can stay open.

The new COVID-19 restrictions are now forcing bars and restaurants to close their doors by 11 p.m. starting on Thursday.

The governor said it’s to increase social distancing and help prevent further spread of the virus. State data shows it’s harder to maintain social distancing in bars at night.

In addition, all tables in bars and restaurants must be at least 6-feet apart. If they can’t, they must install properly sanitized dividers between tables.

With hospitalization rates climbing by 19 percent in the past week, Gov. Stitt said it’s time to act now to help flatten the curve.

“Recently, we’ve seen our numbers start to climb," Sitt said. "We’re starting to see them come up. Based on the data in our state, specifically in the rise in hospitalizations, now is the time to do more."

The governor is also requiring all state employees to wear masks in common areas. It would be effective for at least 33,000 employees in all state buildings.

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