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COVID-19 (new coronavirus): The City of Oklahoma City is coordinating with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD), the local public health authority, on the developing COVID-19 pandemic. For information, updates and resources about COVID-19 visit covid19.okc.gov.  ***"Shelter in Place Order" Issued***  

COVID-19 emergency restrictions in Oklahoma City

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Mayor David Holt has proclaimed a state of emergency in Oklahoma City due to the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. It's authorized under Chapter 15 Article III of City Code and Title 21, Section 1321.9 of Oklahoma Statutes, and follows guidance from local, state and national public health officials. It was put in place March 16, and modified March 17, March 25 and March 28. It will remain in place until the Mayor signs a proclamation ending the state of emergency. There are also state of emergency restrictions put in place by the State of Oklahoma.

Local restrictions in Oklahoma City

The “Shelter in Place” emergency order is effective from 11:59 p.m. Saturday, March 28 through April 16.

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 someone 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.

Metered parking adjacent to locations with takeout food service will be temporarily converted to free parking for takeout. Parking meters in these locations will have signs to indicate the temporary use of the spaces. Takeout food service providers may place signs in the right of way to label the spaces, if they don't impede vehicles or pedestrians.  

An additional local restriction is that transit users must remain at least 3 feet apart from others. This includes all EMBARK services, the OKC Streetcar and Oklahoma River Cruises. EMBARK and all these partners are taking extensive COVID-19 precautions. Read more here.

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.

State of Oklahoma restrictions

Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an executive order March 24, with updates since then. You can see details at coronavirus.health.ok.gov/governors-actions. State of Oklahoma restrictions that aren't in the City of Oklahoma City's "Shelter in Place" order are summarized below:

  • A statewide "Safer at Home" order requires people age 65 and up, and immunocompromised people, to shelter at home until April 30 unless it's for essential needs or an essential job. It is essentially mirrored in the City's "Shelter in Place" order until that order expires April 16.
  • Elective surgeries, minor medical procedures and non-emergency dental procedures are suspended.
  • Visitors to nursing and retirement homes, or to long-term care facilities, are restricted.
  • Visit okcommerce.gov/covid19 to see the list of non-essential businesses the State of Oklahoma is using, which has been adopted in the City's "Shelter in Place order. You may also apply to have your business added to the list.

Enforcement and penalty

Call 911 to report a violation of the states of emergency.

The Police Department is responsible for enforcing:

  • All of the State of Oklahoma's restrictions mirrored in the City's "Shelter in Place" state of emergency (including non-essential business operations, people in closed areas of public parks, and gatherings of 10 or more people).
  • Takeout parking.
  • Transit restrictions.

The State of Oklahoma is responsible for enforcing:

  • The "Safer at Home" order for vulnerable residents to stay at home, after April 16 when the City's "Shelter in Place" order expires.
  • Suspension of elective surgeries, minor medical procedures and non-emergency dental procedures.
  • Restriction of visitors to nursing and retirement homes, and other long-term care facilities.
  • Suggested contact: Office of Gov. Kevin Stitt

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.

Read more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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