City of Shawnee Declares State of Emergency
March 19, 2020
Shawnee Mayor Richard Finley has declared a state of emergency for the city of Shawnee amid the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma.
The state of emergency suspends all special event permits from the city for events that would take place from March 17, 2020 to April 6, 2020. No new permits will be given during this time period either.
All events of more than 10 people taking place on city-owned properties, including streets and alleys, are prohibited during that same time window. City Commissioners, Airport Authority and Municipal Authority meetings are exempt from that rule and will still take place.
The Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission Citizens Advisory Board meetings are suspended through April 6.
The Municipal Authority is suspending utility cut offs for customers unable to pay their utility bills during the March 17 to April 6 period.
The Municipal Court hearings that were supposed to take place during the March 17 to April 6 time period are also postponed under the state of emergency and will be rescheduled to a later date “Acceptable to the municipal judge and court clerk.” The court clerk will notify those affected by the postponements of the rescheduled dates.
The state of emergency will be in affect until 5:59 p.m. on April 6.
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, there are ten confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. 174 tests have come back negative.
None of the positive cases are in Pottawatomie County. The confirmed cases by county are: Canadian one, Cleveland one, Jackson one, Kay one, Oklahoma two, Payne one and Tulsa three.