Governor Orders all Nonessential Businesses to Close



To protect the health and safety of all Oklahomans, all nonessential businesses and noncritical infrastructures will be closed in counties with community spread of COVID-19.

This will go into effect at 11:59 P.M. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Additional sectors may be designated as critical by E.O. or Memorandum. Nothing in this provision shall prevent restaurants and bars from providing pick-up, curbside, and delivery.

This issued a statewide order that:

  • Enforces "Safer at Home" order statewide, request elderly and individuals who who are immunocompromised or have pre-existing condition to shelter in their homes, leaving only for essentials like groceries or prescriptions, until April 30. 
  • Closes non-essential businesses that are in Oklahoma counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • Suspends elective surgeries, minor medical procedures and emergency dental procedures beginning March 25 for the weeks to preserve medical supplies and PPE for COVID-19 response. 
  • Prohibits gatherings of 10 or more individuals. 
  • Restricts visitors at nursing homes, retirement or long term facilities.


This also activated the Oklahoma National Guard Regional Training Institute where 19 members of the Guard have been mobilized to observe COVID-19 developments and be ready to take any necessary action requested by the governor to help communities and hospitals. 

It also formed the Governor's Solution Task Force to provide comprehensive solutions for COVID-19 pandemic, from forward planning for statewide hospital capacity to innovation strategies for economic impact. 


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