OKC COVID Proclamation

Mayor David Holt signed a new emergency proclamation for Oklahoma City’s COVID-19 response that includes required conditions on high-risk activities that are intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

This proclamation follows Mayor Holt’s announcement last Friday that he will largely align this new phase of Oklahoma City’s COVID-19 response with the State of Oklahoma’s Open Up & Recover Safely (OURS) Plan https://www.okcommerce.gov/covid19/ours-plan/

The proclamation takes effect May 1. Its provisions will be re-evaluated no later than May 15. White House and State of Oklahoma guidelines require this phase to last at least two weeks. Based on public health data, it could potentially enter another phase at the conclusion of that two-week period.

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

All social gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited, in keeping with White House guidelines.

A social gathering is defined as people coming together for socialization at a central point with specific people who don’t live in their household. The definition of a gathering does not include people in a location independently performing work as part of employment, people independently or in groups of 10 or fewer patronizing a business or open facility, or performing disaster relief work.

City-owned and publicly accessible playgrounds, basketball courts and outdoor exercise stations are still closed. People using other City-owned sports fields and courts must stay at least 6 feet away from people outside their household.

Mayor Holt and public health officials strongly encourage everyone to stay home when they can, and encourage employers to continue teleworking where possible. Without a vaccine or proven treatment, COVID-19 still presents a danger to our community. Residents are asked to wash your hands often, keep your distance, and wear a cloth face covering when in public, like when shopping for groceries and engaging in other critical errands.

Most businesses, including places of worship, may open their doors on May 1, if they choose. Certain high-risk activities must adopt social distancing and sanitizing requirements.

Bars without on-premises food service, night clubs, hookah bars, cigar bars, vaping lounges and the Remington Park gaming area will remain closed to the public.

Restaurants, bars with on-premises food service, breweries, wineries, taverns, shopping mall food courts, food halls, cafeterias and similar food service establishments can reopen, but are required to maintain standards to limit the spread of the virus.
• Servers and staff interacting with customers must wear a face mask or covering.
• No parties of 10 or more are allowed at one table in the dining area, unless they are household family members.

Hair and nail salons, barber shops, cosmetology facilities, esthetician facilities, laser hair removal facilities, spas, massage facilities, tattoo parlors and piercing facilities may reopen but must follow CDC sanitizing protocols and comply with standards to limit the spread of the virus.
• Customers may be seen by appointment only.
• Employees must use face masks or coverings.
• Disposable face masks must be offered to all customers who don’t have their own mask.

All athletic gyms, recreation centers, exercise facilities, indoor sports facilities, indoor climbing facilities, bowling alleys, skating rinks, trampoline parks and similar facilities may reopen but must maintain strict social distancing, CDC sanitizing protocols and maintain standards to limit the spread of the virus.
• Employees that have contact with the public must wear face masks or coverings.
• Rental and shared equipment must be cleaned and sanitized by the customer or an employee between each use using antimicrobial disinfectants.

Movie and live theaters, concert halls, bingo halls, sporting venues, amusement parks, places of worship and other businesses where people gather for presentation or entertainment may reopen but must maintain strict social distancing, CDC sanitizing protocols and maintain standards to limit the spread of the virus.
• Offer seating in a staggered manner with at least two seats between customer groups in the same row. Every other row must be closed.
• Customer groups must be limited to no more than 10 people, unless they’re household family members.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) https://www.occhd.org/eng has developed guidelines for other businesses to consult for best practices.

Those guidelines will be posted at occhd.org/reopen. The guidelines may be updated often as the situation develops.

White House and State of Oklahoma guidelines for this phase require it to last at least two weeks.

Mayor Holt intends to continue listening to criteria defined by the White House as he gauges Oklahoma City’s readiness for a new phase, will continue to listen to local public health officials, and will stay in touch with the Governor and state public health officials.

To see the State of Oklahoma’s plans for this new phase, known as the OURS Plan, visit okcommerce.gov/covid19.