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March 20, 2020 5:54 PM

Updates on City Closings due to COVID-19



WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to be a global pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to be of sufficient severity and
magnitude to warrant a declaration of a National Emergency for all states, tribes and territories pursuant to Section 50l(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121 - 5207; and

WHEREAS, on March 15, 2020, the Governor of the State of Oklahoma issued Executive Order 2020-07, as amended on March 17, 2020, declaring an emergency for all 77 counties caused by the impending threat of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to the people of Oklahoma and the public's peace, health and safety; and

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Oklahoma issued Executive Order 2020-08 on March 17, 2020, urging Oklahomans to follow The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America, which includes the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to avoid gatherings in groups of more than ten (10) people; and

WHEREAS, on March 18, 2020, in a duly called special meeting of the City Council of the City of Catoosa, Oklahoma, the City Council and Mayor unanimously voted to authorize the Catoosa City Manager to serve as the administrative head of the emergency management department of the City of Catoosa, and empowered the City Manager to exercise all powers and take all actions under Catoosa City Code, Chapter 3, that the City Manager determines to be reasonably necessary to protect public health, safety and welfare in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic; and

WHEREAS, it is my continuing duty as City Manager to protect the general health, safety and welfare of the City of Catoosa and its inhabitants, to preserve the public peace, and to provide civil defense and emergency functions.

NOW THEREFORE, I, John Blish, City Manager of the City of Catoosa, Oklahoma, by the power vested in me, hereby find that due to the potential for rapid community spread and transmission of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), immediate action is required to protect public health, safety and welfare, and I do hereby declare and order, as follows:

1. All restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other places of public accommodation offering food and beverage shall be and are hereby closed for dine-in customers and guests and for on-premises consumption, and are restricted and limited to curbside, drive-thru, take-out and delivery services, excluding institutional or in-house food cafeterias that serve residents, employees, and clients of businesses, childcare facilities, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.

2. The following commercial establishments and places of public accommodation
shall be and are hereby closed to ingress, egress, use and occupancy by members of the public:

a. Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption;
b. Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for premises consumption;
c. Theaters, indoor and outdoor performance venues, and museums;
d. Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, and spas; and
e. All other recreational or entertainment facilities.

3. This Executive Order does not prohibit employees, contractors, vendors or suppliers of a place of public accommodation from entering, exiting, using or occupying that place of public accommodation in their professional capacity.

4. The restrictions imposed by this Executive Order do not apply to any of the following:

a. Places of public accommodation that offer food and beverage not for on­premises consumption, including grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores and food pantries, other than those portions of the place of public accommodation that are subject to the requirements of this Executive Order (e.g., a restaurant or food court located within a grocery store);
b. Health care facilities, childcare facilities, residential care facilities, congregate-care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities; and
c. Crisis shelters, soup kitchens, and similar institutions.

5. For purposes of this Executive Order, "place of public accommodation" means a business, organization, institution, group or place of any kind, whether licensed or not, whose goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations are extended, offered, sold, or otherwise made available to the public.

6. This Executive Order does not alter any of the obligations under law of an employer affected by this Executive Order to its employees or to the employees of another employer.

This Executive Order shall take effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 21, 2020, and shall continue in effect indefinitely.


John Blish, City Manager

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