The Tulsa County Courthouse will begin a phased reopening on Monday May 4th.
According to a release from courthouse officials the decision was made following the release and guidance of Governor Stitt’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan. Officials say the resolution that has restricted access to the Tulsa County Courthouse to expire at midnight on May 4.
While the Courthouse will slowly reopen, Tulsa County District Courts are still closed through May 15, 2020, at the direction of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Tulsa County citizens needing to conduct business at the Courthouse are asked continue doing so electronically, over the phone, or through postal mail as much as possible during this initial reopening phase.
“Just as we slowly implemented changes to eventually restrict the access to the Courthouse, we will slowly implement changes to fully reopen it and all the functions within,” BOCC Chairman Ron Peters said. “We remind our employees and visitors to continue to practice social distancing, hand washing, and proper sanitizing—not only for their benefit, but for all those around them.”
Visitors will be encouraged to wear a mask when entering the Courthouse. Upon entering visitors will be required to answer a series of questions from Tulsa County Sheriff’s Deputies before being allowed entry into the building.
Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith said during a briefing on Wednesday that anyone who cannot answer these questions will be asked to leave until they can.