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Tecumseh Complies With Governors Reopening Plan

Personal Care Businesses Are Allowed To Reopen By Appointment Only


April 23, 2020

As of today, Tecumseh residents can make appointments to get a manicure, pedicure, take their dog to the groomer, get a hair cut for themselves or any other service offered at an open salon, barbershop or spa, according to city officials who say they are following Gov. Kevin Stitt’s recommendations to begin reopening the state’s economy.

“I have spoken with one of our county commissioners and to the city manager and they are going to follow along with the governor’s

recommendation,” Tecumseh Police Chief J.R. Kidney said in a social media video post yesterday.

“As of (April 24) the hair salon places, dog grooming places, they can go ahead and open back up – with appointments only.

“Appointments only,” the police chief repeated later. “Remember that. That’s the key word.”

In addition, he said Gov. Stitt, “is strongly encouraging to keeping the social distancing, cleaning after each person is at your facility, limiting how many you have in the facility at one time.”

Mayor Eddy Parker also confirmed Tecumseh will follow Gov. Stitt’s phase one, of three, reopening protocol.

“However, if any business allowed to open does not follow the strict guide lines set forth by the Governor (they) may be asked to comply or close,” Parker said.

For now, Tecumseh City Hall will remain closed due to COVID-19, the police chief said, however, residents may still call the offices for assistance as the phones will continue to be answered.

“Same thing here at the Tecumseh Police Department. Our office is closed, but you can call,” he said. “If we need to we can send an officer to your location.”

When asked online about kids going to the parks, Kidney responded, “ I spoke to the City Manager and he said not in phase 1.”

The same goes for the lake, he said.

“Hopefully we’re going to get through this and get to this phase two that the governor has put in order next week, and then move into phase 3 later on,” Kidney said. “In the program he’s put out, if we go a 14-day period without the numbers spiking that’s going to be important.

“As citizens of the state of Oklahoma, city of Tecumseh, we can do our part and that is to continue to try to social distance, use protective equipment, mask and gloves.”

Phase one of the governor’s Open Up and Recover Safely plan has two parts.

On May 1, his plan outlines additional entities that may reopen, including restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, sporting venues, if they adhere to the CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols.

Churches may also reopen with every other row or pew left open, in addition to the CDC-recommended protocols.

Tattoo parlors may also reopen, by appointment only, with the same adherence to the CDC-recommended protocols.

“We know how important it is to restart our economy but we have to continue to protect our most vulnerable citizens,” the mayor said. “I would still encourage all seniors to avoid crowds and stay home as much as possible.”

Safety Guidelines for Salons

The Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering Advisory Board on Massage Therapy issued a set of guidelines for reopening barber and cosmetology salons.

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering recommends reopening cosmetology and barbering related establishments with the following strict guidelines in order to protect the safety of clients and employees,” the 5-page document states.

“Upon inspection, if any establishment is found in violation of these guidelines, they may be immediately closed to the public by the OSBCB Board, Public Health Officials, or Law Enforcement until such time that the guidelines are met.”

The list of guidelines includes details on appointments and traffic between customers, temperature checks, customer health questions, distancing measures, personal protective equipment, hand washing, disinfection, restrooms, reception and other public areas, equipment cleaning, treatment room and administrative controls.

For more information, contact the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering at 405-521-2441 or visit

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