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STATE OF EMERGENCY: Visit covid19.okc.gov for updates and details on the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) emergency proclamation.

COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation FAQs

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What businesses are closed or restricted?

The State of Oklahoma is using two lists to determine if a business is defined as essential. To see the lists or apply to have your business added, go to okcommerce.gov/covid19.

Restaurants (and venues with on-premises food like bars, breweries, taverns and wineries) may serve takeout food only. Coffee shops may also serve takeout drinks. The ABLE Commission is updating rules regarding alcohol sales and delivery.

What businesses do the states of emergency NOT apply to?

If your business is listed in the federal or state lists of essential businesses found at okcommerce.gov/covid19, or is a restaurant (or similar location with on-premises food) serving takeout, it is allowed to be open. If it is not, then it is not allowed to be open.

What are the rules for restaurants and customers who come to pick up food?

The states of emergency do not provide policies or specific guidance concerning how a restaurant provides takeout or delivery services. Takeout service providers may place signs in the right-of-way to identify takeout parking, so long as it is not impeding car or pedestrian traffic, to identify the location of pick-up/take-out services.

Can bars still serve food?

Bars with on-premises food may offer takeout. This also applies to similar locations with on-premises food like breweries, taverns and wineries. 

What kind of alcohol can businesses and restaurants sell?

The ABLE Commission is updating rules regarding alcohol sales.

Can I order take-out food inside a restaurant?

Yes. Businesses limited to takeout and delivery may take your food order over the phone, online or in-person.

Can vape lounges sell retail vape products?

Yes. Customers may purchase products but may not use/consume those products on-premises.

Are there resources for businesses to consult during this time?

Oklahoma City business owners may apply online April 6-17 at okcSmallBizHelp.com for COVID-19 disaster relief funds from the City’s Small Business Continuity ProgramRead more here.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Oklahoma small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Through the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations may report their business impacts due to COVID-19 at damage.ok.gov.

According to the SBA, these loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the impact of COVID-19. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere and 2.75% for nonprofits. Businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible for this program. This application can be found at sba.gov.

There are more federal resources here.

Find more resources here.

What is the legal authority for the Mayor’s "Shelter in Place" order?

The Mayor’s March 28 Revised Proclamation of State of Emergency (the "Shelter in Place" order) is specifically authorized in Oklahoma City Municipal Code, §§15-36 through 15-40. Such an ordinance is specifically authorized in state law in 21 OS 1321.9.

Are staff allowed at faith-based sites to record or broadcast services?

Yes.

Do I need a permit or special ID to drive, walk, or use transit to get to an essential job, or do essential tasks like shop for food?

No.

Is there a curfew?

No.

What is a social or organized gathering?

A social or organized gathering is defined as people coming together at a central point for a meeting, event, sporting activity, or game.

Organized gathering does not include people in a location independently performing work as part of employment.

What State of Oklahoma restrictions are in place? 

Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an executive order March 24, and it has been updated since then. You can see details at coronavirus.health.ok.gov/governors-actions. A summary of State of Oklahoma restrictions effective in Oklahoma City that are not also included in the City's "Shelter in Place" order:

  • 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.

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