Tulsa City Council Encourages Businesses To Allow Employees To Work Remotely


Wednesday, December 16th 2020, 6:21 pm
By: Erick Payne


TULSA, Okla. -

The Tulsa City Council voted to approve a resolution encouraging businesses allow their employees to work from home if they aren't already.

The Tulsa Health Department says most of Tulsa County is seeing 'severe' to 'extreme severe' spread of COVID-19. This is just the most recent step Tulsa leaders are taking to try and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Councilors said they've heard from workers who aren't being allowed to work from home because the city government hasn't recommended teleworking.

They want to make it clear that while this resolution isn't a mandate, they want to strongly encourage and implore people to work from home if possible.

They said they've also reached out to the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce. Councilors hope the chamber will ask their member companies to follow this recommendation and help stop potential outbreaks of the virus.

"Because we know that there are folks like restaurant and retail workers that absolutely cannot stay home, if every one of us that can stay home stays home, then that gives more space for those folks to avoid the virus from spreading," Councilor Kara Joy McKee said.

Councilors said the number of daily reported cases is much worse now than in the spring when many companies were teleworking.

Wednesday night's council meeting is the last for this year.