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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, March 28, April 2, April 29, May 14, May 29 and July 2. The state of emergency will remain in place until the Mayor signs a proclamation to end it.

Local restrictions in Oklahoma City

Food service and similar

All employees of restaurants, bars and similar establishments must wear face coverings (masks) while on premises. This includes breweries, wineries, taverns, shopping mall food courts, food halls, cafeterias, night clubs and any other food service establishments.

Bars must limit customer occupancy to 50% of the Fire Marshal’s listed occupancy load. This includes any business designated by the ABLE Commission as a Type I facility.

Theater-style seating

Any venue with theater-style seating where people gather for presentations or entertainment must use staggered seating so groups are socially distanced.

This includes movie and live performance theaters, concert halls, sporting venues, amusement parks, places of worship, wedding venues, event venues and funeral homes.

General recommendations

Mayor Holt and public health officials ask everyone in Oklahoma City to wear a mask when they’re indoors with people outside of their household and unable to stay at least 6 feet away from others.

Mayor Holt reminds residents that businesses have every right to require the use of masks. He encourages business owners to do so, and states that the City of Oklahoma City is prepared to support private property rights.

It’s also important to wash your hands regularly, avoid unnecessarily touching your face, and practice social distancing.

All businesses are encouraged to consult and follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols and Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) guidelines, which are available at

OSHA guidelines

Following U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, employers in Oklahoma City should allow employees who choose to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) because of potential hazards on the job to do so, if it doesn’t interfere with essential job functions. Enforcement will be through mechanisms provided by OSHA.

Enforcement and penalty

Call 911 to report a violation of the proclamation.

A violation of the 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.


The emergency proclamation is authorized under Chapter 15 Article III of City Code and Title 21, Section 1321.9 of Oklahoma Statutes. It was first issued March 16, and was previously modified March 17, March 25, March 28, April 2, April 29,  May 14, May 29 and July 2. It will remain in effect until the Mayor signs a proclamation to end it. The Mayor may modify the terms of the emergency for as long as it remains in effect.

The terms of state and local emergency restrictions are based on fast-evolving guidance from the CDC, OCCHD and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

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