City of Claremore Revises COVID-19 Order in Response to New Guidance from Oklahoma
The City of Claremore has revised its COVID-19 emergency management order in response to updated executive orders issued by the Governor of Oklahoma.
Beginning April 24, 2020, the City will adopt the state’s three-phased approach to reopen Oklahoma as described in Oklahoma’s OURS plan. The new emergency management order is effective immediately and replaces the previous orders.
“The City adopts and incorporates any current and future executive orders or guidelines issued by the Governor of Oklahoma regarding COVID-19,” said Jim Thomas, Claremore City Manager. “It is not our intention to be more restrictive or less restrictive than Oklahoma’s guidelines. According to the Governor’s press release issued on April 22, 2020, Oklahoma’s reopening plan will occur as follows.
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. Health information can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov. The City will continue to post information related to Claremore at www.claremorecity.com/COVID.