Statewide Reopening Guidelines By City

Thursday, April 30th 2020, 12:26 pm

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Oklahoma City

The proclamation takes effect May 1.

All social gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited, in keeping with White House guidelines. A social gathering is defined as people coming together for socialization at a central point with specific people who don’t live in their household. The definition of a gathering does not include people in a location independently performing work as part of employment, people independently or in groups of 10 or fewer patronizing a business or open facility, or performing disaster relief work.

City-owned and publicly accessible playgrounds, basketball courts and outdoor exercise stations are still closed. People using other City-owned sports fields and courts must stay at least 6 feet away from people outside their household.

Most businesses, including places of worship, may open their doors on May 1, if they choose. Certain high-risk activities must adopt social distancing and sanitizing requirements.

Bars without on-premises food service, night clubs, hookah bars, cigar bars, vaping lounges and the Remington Park gaming area will remain closed to the public.

Food service

Restaurants, bars with on-premises food service, breweries, wineries, taverns, shopping mall food courts, food halls, cafeterias and similar food service establishments are required to maintain at least the following standards to limit the spread of the virus:

  1. Employees’ temperatures should be checked each day either by the employee or their employer. Employees with a fever of 100.4 degrees or should not be at the facility.
  2. Servers and staff interacting with customers must wear a face mask or covering.
  3. Tables for seating must be at least 6 feet apart.
  4. Menus must be single-use or capable of being sanitized with antimicrobial disinfectants after each use.
  5. Condiment bottles must be sanitized after each table change, or served in a single-use packet, disposable container or washable dish.
  6. Service at buffets and salad bars must be provided by an employee only.
  7. Tables, chairs and objects needed to complete a purchase must be sanitized with antimicrobial disinfectants after each use.
  8. No parties of 10 or more are allowed at one table in the dining area, unless they are household family members.

Personal care services

Hair and nail salons, barber shops, cosmetology facilities, esthetician facilities, laser hair removal facilities, spas, massage facilities, tattoo parlors and piercing facilities must follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sanitizing protocols and comply with at least the following standards:

  1. Customers may be seen by appointment only.
  2. Employees’ temperatures should be checked each day either by the employee or their employer. Employees with a fever of 100.4 degrees or should not be at the facility.
  3. Employees must use face masks or coverings.
  4. Disposable face masks must be offered to all customers who don’t have their own mask.
  5. All chairs and tools must be sanitized using antimicrobial disinfectants between customers.
  6. While receiving services, customers must remain at least 6 feet away from other customers.

Gyms and other athletic facilities

All athletic gyms, recreation centers, exercise facilities, indoor sports facilities, indoor climbing facilities, bowling alleys, skating rinks, trampoline parks and similar facilities must maintain strict social distancing, CDC sanitizing protocols and maintain these standards:

  1. Employees’ temperatures should be checked each day either by the employee or their employer. Employees with a fever of 100.4 degrees or should not be at the facility.
  2. Employees that have contact with the public must wear face masks or coverings.
  3. Doorknobs, gates, counters and other high-touch surfaces should be regularly cleaned and sanitized with antimicrobial disinfectants.
  4. Locker rooms and bathrooms, particularly high-touch surfaces, must be cleaned and sanitized regularly and have hand-washing supplies.
  5. Hand-washing or hand sanitizing supplies must be available for employees and customers.
  6. Rental and shared equipment must be cleaned and sanitized by the customer or an employee between each use using antimicrobial disinfectants.

Entertainment and places of worship

Movie and live theaters, concert halls, bingo halls, sporting venues, amusement parks, places of worship and other businesses where people gather for presentation or entertainment must maintain strict social distancing, CDC sanitizing protocols and comply with at least the following standards:

  1. Employees’ temperatures should be checked each day either by the employee or their employer. Employees with a fever of 100.4 degrees or should not be at the facility.
  2. Offer seating in a staggered manner with at least two seats between customer groups in the same row. Every other row must be closed.
  3. Customer groups must be limited to no more than 10 people, unless they’re household family members.
  4. All food service must comply with the requirements for food service, which are listed above.

Other businesses and guidance

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) developed guidelines for other businesses to consult for best practices.

Those guidelines will be posted at The guidelines may be updated often as the situation develops.



Effective Friday, May 1, the Mayor’s Civil Emergency Executive Order will be in place to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus as Tulsa County numbers remain steady. The order states:

  1. All events or gatherings of more than 10 people in the City of Tulsa are banned through May 15 when the pandemic emergency conditions will be reassessed. This includes all social gatherings. Religious services, commercial activity and work are not considered gatherings.
  2. City-owned playgrounds, recreation centers, pools, splash pads and day camps shall remain closed indefinitely.
  3. City-owned sport courts, golf courses, pickleball, sports fields, and dog parks may resume operations with physical distancing and sanitation precautions on May 1.
  4. City-owned sports complexes and organized sports activities with more than 10 people shall remain closed through June 1.
  5. No special event permits will be issued through May 14. The City will reassess special permits by May 15.


You can read the FAQ and the order at:


State of Oklahoma Reopening Plan

All businesses within the City of Tulsa shall follow the guidance of the State’s Phase One Reopening Plan. Bars in Tulsa city limits shall remain closed through May 14. On May 15, Tulsa bars may resume operations with reduced occupancy based on 36 square feet per person (in the assembly/bar area). Bars are required to calculate and self-post this capacity next to their current capacity sign on white 8.5” x 11” paper.


Businesses set to reopen May 1 based on the State’s Phase One Reopening Plan should turn to the Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce website for guidance at Businesses with occupancy questions should contact the Tulsa Fire Marshal’s office at (918) 596-9422 or by email at


Businesses, organizations and others with questions on reopening guidance should visit THD’s COVID-19 page at

Tulsa’s civil order will be enforced by the City and THD – Complaints regarding social gatherings and bars should be made to TPD Non-Emergency, (918) 596-9222 or 311. Complaints regarding other businesses should be made to THD or the City at (918) 595-4200 or 311.


To help keep officers safe, Tulsa Police are asking residents to make non-life-threatening reports online at or by phone through the Tulsa Police non-emergency number at (918) 596-9222. 911 should be used for emergencies only.


Restoring Water to Closed Businesses

Buildings without water service due to closures that are set to reopen should be aware of potential water risks associated when water is restored. It’s asked all buildings follow CDC guidance regarding water restoration. Read the guidance at:


THD Updated COVID-19 Symptoms & Pet Guidelines

Those with COVID-19 have been known to exhibit symptoms like cough, shortness of breath and fever. The CDC recently updated its guidelines to reflect a few additional symptoms, which include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. If you are exhibiting these symptoms, you can call one of the testing centers below or the Tulsa Health Department.


Additional guidance regarding pets has also been given. THD advises to not let pets interact with others outside your household, keep cats indoors when possible, walk your dogs on a leash and avoid dog parks and public spaces where people and dogs gather. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pets and/or find other arrangements for their care during your recovery. If you must care for your pet while sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before you interact with them.


Drive-Thru Testing Sites   

There are three drive-thru testing sites in Tulsa, all of which are by appointment only. Walk-ins cannot be accepted.

  1. OSU Center for Health Sciences, (918) 599-5300
  2. OU-Tulsa, (918) 619-4980
  3. Walmart at 81st and Lewis, or call 1-800-635-8611


For more information on testing sites, visit:   


If you were exposed to a known COVID-19 patient or are exhibiting symptoms for COVID-19, call THD at (918) 582-9355.


Tulsa County Update

The County Parks Department is prepared to open LaFortune Golf Course and Grill, South Lakes Golf Course and Grill, and the Case Tennis Center at LaFortune. Staff have identified numerous new ways to encourage social distancing while maintaining enhanced cleaning and sanitization measures.


These include:

  1. Accepting pre-payments on the LaFortune and South Lakes websites
  2. Sanitizing range baskets between use and allowing only single riders on golf carts with the exception for those in the same household
  3. Moving tee times so they are 10 minutes apart instead of 8 minutes
  4. Adding course marshals to enforce social distancing
  5. Sanitizing carts between uses and at night
  6. Game changes such as keeping the flagstick in while putting and modifying the cup to prevent human contact
  7. Removing all rakes, water jugs, and ball washers
  8. Limiting the number of customers allowed in the pro shop to no more than five at a time and adding marks on floor to specify minimum distancing
  9. Suspending parking lot shuttle services
  10. Shifting grills to carry-out only at this time
  11. Outside events and tournaments are still postponed as are all youth activities and all driving range vendor functions. 


The Case Tennis Center will also:

  1. Keep the indoor courts remained closed at this time
  2. Encourage players to open a new can of balls each time they visit
  3. Only the pros will be able to touch lesson balls and will sanitize ball hoppers; players will not be allowed to touch lesson balls
  4. 4 or less players allowed on every court with spacing of court assignments in place
  5. Reservation times for courts are staggered and players can make a reservation and pay on the app without having to come inside
  6. Strict monitoring of the courts


Tulsa County has not yet determined if pools and splash parks will open for the summer. Tulsa County will not open playgrounds at this time but will continue to evaluate on an ongoing basis as we move through phased openings.


The OSU-Tulsa Extension Office’s Tulsa County Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) members have volunteered their time and money to create, handmade, and donate nearly 1,000 fabric masks to local hospitals and medical facilities, local community members, and local grocery stores and businesses. OHCE members also created 50 scent cloths to be used to comfort NICU babies at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa. The parents of these babies wear the scent cloths, and then the cloths are placed in the babies’ beds. When parents are not able to visit and connect with their babies due to COVID-19 restrictions, the scent cloths help to soothe and comfort them. One OHCE group also donated 133 boxes of Girl Scout cookies that benefited 265 employees at the Owasso Bailey Medical Center.


El Reno: Dining rooms, places of worship, golf courses and the city's movie theater are among the venues that will be allowed to open May 1. Social distancing and sanitizing protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control are still in effect.

Stillwater: Beginning May 1, a face covering will be required for all people entering essential and non-essential businesses such as beauty salons, barber shops, entertainment venues and churches. A violation of the proclamation could result in a $500 fine.


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