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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Governor's Order Means Closure of Some Coweta Businesses

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Today at 2:00pm, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt issued a new executive order that directly affects businesses in Wagoner County and therefore the City of Coweta. As part of the continued statewide effort to “flatten the curve” on #COVID19 and to attempt to slow the spread of the virus, the governor has issued a “Safer at Home” order statewide, requesting elderly and any individuals who are immunocompromised or have pre-existing conditions to shelter in their homes, leaving only for essential needs like groceries or prescriptions, until April 30. 

Other key provisions of the order include:

  • The order closes all non-essential businesses, including hair salons, gyms/fitness clubs, theaters, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, museums, etc. in counties where a confirmed case of COVID-19 exists. That includes Wagoner County, and therefore the city of Coweta. Restaurants may remain open, but must close their dine-in area, offering instead only curbside pickup and/or delivery. 
  • Businesses must come into compliance by 11:59PM Wednesday, March 25. Businesses that do not comply with the shut down or operating restrictions by the deadline will be closed by order of the Chief of Police or the City Manager for violating the City of Coweta State of Emergency declaration, which requires compliance with all state orders. Businesses closed for non-compliance must remain closed until the state of emergency is lifted in Coweta. 
  • The Governor’s order also suspends elective surgeries, minor medical procedures, and non-emergency dental procedures beginning March 25 for the next two weeks to preserve medical supplies and PPE for COVID-19 response.  The order prohibits gatherings of 10 or more individuals statewide. This is already in alignment with our local emergency order. The order restricts visitors at hospitals, nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities, and activated the Oklahoma National Guard Regional Training Institute where 19 members of the Guard have been mobilized to observe COVID-19 developments and be ready to take any necessary actions requested by the governor to help communities and hospitals. 

Resources:

Essential versus non-essential businesses: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce The Oklahoma Department of Health is using this guidance to make the determination. 

Oklahoma Department of Health website: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Governor’s Executive Order https://files.constantcontact.com/c26c1f24201/059f1f97-37e5-4d96-b4ac-969f23636d8e.pdf



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