UPDATED 3/27 – What businesses are considered “essential” or “critical” in Oklahoma?
This is a very hot topic now in Oklahoma after Governor Stitt issued an order stating the following:
“Effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 25, 2020, all businesses not identified as within a critical infrastructure sector as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and located in a county experiencing community spread of COVID-19, as identified by OSDH on its website, shall close. Additional sects may be designated as critical by Executive Order or Memorandum. Nothing in this provision shall prevent restaurants and bars from providing pick-up, curbside, and delivery. This shall be effective until April 16, 2020.” Source at ¶ 20
The Department of Homeland Security list, referenced by Governor Stitt is available by clicking here.
Additionally, Governor Stitt has issued additional Memoranda adding more businesses to the list of those considered “critical.”
Those are as follows:
Executive Memorandum 2020-01
Amended Executive Memorandum 2020-01
To be able to determine if your business is allowed to be open or not it is important that you read ALL of the orders and memoranda that have been released and any released in the future. We will monitor those for you and update them as they come up below.
3/26/2020 10:30 Vinita – We have spoken with the City and their position is that any businesses listed by Governor Stitt as “critical” or “essential” will be considered the same in Vinita. Mayor Hoskin’s order was issued before Governor Stitt added all of his Memoranda but should be interpreted liberally and to include all the same businesses as the Governor’s. Mayor Hoskin’s Order can be downloaded here.
3/27/2020 Statewide – Governor Stitt has issued a press release giving clarification on elective and routine medical procedures. Non-emergency abortions as well as “routine dermatological, ophthalmological, and dental procedures, as well as most scheduled healthcare procedures such as orthopedic surgeries” are all currently prohibited.