Governor: Oklahoma Preparing To Move To Phase 2 Of Reopening Plan


Governor Kevin Stitt says Oklahoma is ready to move to Phase 2. Stitt cited data that showed the state has done a good job of curtailing the spread of the virus.

Although the state is moving to the next phase of reopening, Stitt said residents shouldn't let their guard down. "It is impossible to eliminate this virus from Oklahoma,” Stitt said. “We must accept the fact that COVID-19 will be with us in some way until there is a vaccine.”

Since April 24, Oklahoma has been operating under phase 1. It will now move to phase 2 of the 3 phases that had earlier been established.

Phase 1 guidance includes:

  • Elderly and vulnerable Oklahomans should continue to follow the safer-at-home guidelines.
  • Oklahomans should continue to maximize their physical distance from others when in public, avoid socializing in groups or facilities that do not allow for appropriate physical distancing, and minimize non-essential travel.
  • Employers should create plans to allow employees to return to work in phases, close common areas or enforce social distancing protocols, minimize non-essential travel and honor requests of employees who are part of a vulnerable population for special accommodations.
  • Starting on April 24, personal care businesses can reopen for appointments only if they adhere to strict sanitation protocols and are in communities that do not have more restrictions in place. This includes: hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons, and pet groomers. These businesses must maintain distance between customers and encourage customers to wait in their car until it is time for their appointment to avoid congestion in the lobbies or entrances.
  • Starting on April 24, State parks and outdoor recreation areas can be reopened.
  • Grocery stores should continue to maintain special hours for vulnerable populations.
  • Starting on May 1, restaurant dining rooms, movie theaters, gyms and sporting venues can re-open statewide if they adhere to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols.
  • Starting on May 1, Places of worship can reopen for in-person meetings or worship, if they leave every other row or pew open and adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols, plus the recommended guidelines from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
  • Starting on May 1, Tattoo Parlors can reopen for appointments only and must adhere to sanitation protocols and social distancing protocols for distancing between customers and visitors.
  • During Phase 1, visits to senior living facilities and hospitals are prohibited and bars, schools, organized sporting events and camps should remain closed until further notice.

If Oklahoma’s hospital and incident rates remain manageable for 14 days, the State will move to Phase 2.

Phase 2 guidance includes:

  • Elderly and vulnerable Oklahomans should continue to follow the safer-at-home guidelines.
  • Oklahomans should continue to maintain physical distancing measures when in public.
  • Non-essential travel can begin to resume.
  • Employers should still close common areas or enforce social distancing and sanitation protocols.
  • Organized sports activities can reopen and operate under proper social distancing and sanitation protocols.
  • Bars can operate with diminished standing-room occupancy, where applicable and appropriate, and under social distancing and sanitation protocols.
  • Funerals and weddings can resume under social distancing protocols.
  • Children’s nursery areas in places of worship can reopen.

Read more about the 3 phases HERE.

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