Countywide & Sun - Pottawatomie County's ONLY locally owned Newspaper. Connecting you to the community where you live, work & play!

Shawnee To Comply With Governor's Reopening Plan

Personal Care Businesses, Shawnee Twin Lakes Are Allowed to Open April 24


April 23, 2020

Certain businesses across Shawnee are poised to reopen tomorrow after Governor Kevin Stitt implemented “Open Up and Recover Safely,” (OURS) a three-phased plan to open the economy across the state.

Phase One, which starts tomorrow, April 24, will allow personal care businesses: hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and pet groomers to open for appointments only. State parks and outdoor recreation should also reopen, the plan states.

They “must adhere to sanitation protocols, and follow guidelines posted on the Oklahoma Department of Commerce website regarding social distancing between customers and visitors at personal care businesses,” according to the OURS plan.

The city of Shawnee announced earlier today that they will comply with Stitt’s plan and allow businesses to reopen.

“The Mayor has amended the City of Shawnee declaration of an emergency to comply with the Governor’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) guidelines to allow the City, along with the State, to begin the process of reopening.,” the city stated on their Facebook page Wednesday evening. “Beginning April 24, 2020, personal care businesses such as hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, and pet groomers may begin to reopen by appointment only and following CDC social distancing and disinfection guidelines. In addition, the Shawnee Twin Lakes will reopen, including boating access, for fishing and recreation.”

The statement says the city of Shawnee’s focus is for the community to stay healthy and safe through the reopening period.

“We continue to strongly encourage social distancing, use of proper personal protection equipment, and disinfection,” the statement says. “We want to thank the community for their fantastic efforts so far to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and do their part to flatten the curve.”

Stitt said in a press conference yesterday that he would allow some municipalities to make their own decisions on reopening tomorrow, April 24, but by May 1, he said, “It’s our intent that we really move to phase 1 all across the state.”

Guidance from Stitt’s OURS plan for individuals and employers is as follows:

Individual guidance:

• Continue following safer-at-home iii guidelines if they are over 65 or part of a vulnerable population

• Maximize social distance from others when in public (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas)

• Avoid socializing in groups or facilities that do not readily allow for appropriate social distancing

• Minimize non-essential travel iv and adhere to CDC guidelines and Executive Orders regarding isolation following travel

Employer guidance:

• Create plans to allow employees to return to work in phases

• Close common areas or enforce social distancing protocols

• Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines and Executive Orders regarding isolation following travel

• Honor requests of personnel who are members of a vulnerable population for special accommodations

Specific Employer guidance:

• Schools and organized sporting events and camps that are currently closed should remain closed until further notice

• Visits to Senior Living Facilities and Hospitals are prohibited

On May 1, the second part of Phase One will commence, and gyms, dining, entertainment, movie theaters, sporting venues and places of worship can reopen “if they adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols,” according to the OURS plan.

Places of worship must additionally leave every other row or pew open.

Tattoo parlors can open for appointments only and must still follow the same protocols.

Bars are to remain closed.

“If hospital & incident rates remain at a manageable level for 14 days, we move to Phase 2,” according to the OURS plan. Phase Two is slated to commence May 15.

The full "Open Up and Recover Safely" plan can be viewed here:


Reader Comments(0)


Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2021

Rendered 10/13/2021 20:35