COVID SHELTER IN PLACE



Mayor David Holt has extended the “Shelter in Place” emergency order in Oklahoma City to April 30.

This action has been recommended by the Mayor’s COVID-19 Public Health Advisory Group. It follows similar extensions to orders and guidance from the State of Oklahoma and federal government.

In general, it’s simple:

• Stay home. Exceptions are below on this list.
• You can shop for groceries, medicine, gas, repairs, and other essential goods and services.
• You can go to a restaurant for takeout or drive-thru service.
• You can go to the doctor and take care of other essential needs.
• You can exercise outside, including on sidewalks, trails and in public parks. You can enjoy outdoor activities like long walks, bike rides and fishing. Green spaces in parks are open. But all playgrounds are closed. City-owned golf courses, fitness courts, dog parks, recreation center and sport courts (basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc.) are closed.
• You can go to work in an essential job. You can also do business with someone working in an essential job. Those jobs are defined by the State of Oklahoma, using a federal list and one provided by the Governor. Find out more at okcommerce.gov/covid19
• You can drive, bike, walk and take transit. You don’t need special ID or a permit. Police aren’t asking people to prove why they’re outside their home.
• You can work from home if you work in a job defined by the State as non-essential. You can also work with someone doing a non-essential job from home. Even if it’s an essential job, employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home if possible.
• Staff are allowed on site even at closed non-essential businesses for basic tasks like maintenance and security.
• You can check on a family member or close friend in need.
• You can donate at blood drives, volunteer at food banks and participate in other disaster response activities.
• Staff can be at faith-based sites to record or broadcast services.
• Stay 6 feet away from others, for your safety and theirs.
• Wash your hands before you leave your house, and as soon as you get home.
• You can call 911 if you have specific information about someone violating the order. Police may investigate. Officers will ask for voluntary compliance but may use discretion to issue citations if necessary.

A violation of the City proclamation’s terms would be a class “b” misdemeanor under City Code, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $750.

Visit covid19.okc.gov for the latest local news, updates and guidance on COVID-19.

Local guidance
COVID-19 symptoms are fever, a dry cough and shortness of breath.
• State officials report a critical shortage of testing.
• If you're sick, do not go to the ER. Consult first with a health care provider. Regardless of whether tests show you have a common cold, the flu or COVID-19, doctors will tell most people to stay home, rest, get plenty of fluids and avoid contact with others.
• If your symptoms worsen, you have difficulty breathing or you have a fever for more than 72 hours, call your doctor. If you don't have a primary care physician, call 2-1-1 to reach Heart Line Oklahoma https://heartlineoklahoma.org/
These steps are crucial to "flatten the curve" and save your fellow Oklahomans' lives and livelihoods. They will slow the rate of infection, save crucial medical resources for the sickest and most vulnerable patients, and help us return as soon as possible to a normal way of life.
• Practice physical distancing. Stay home. Work from home if you can.
• When you must go out, stay at least 6 feet away from others, including when picking up food and basic necessities. Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
• Pay attention to your surroundings. Avoid crowded rooms, especially if you, a loved one or other people in the room are especially vulnerable.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• If you're sick, avoid close contact with other people.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren't available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• When you must leave home, wash your hands as soon as you get back.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue. Then throw the tissue in the trash.
Visit covid19.okc.gov for the latest local news, updates and guidance on COVID-19.