• Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt extends 'nonessential' business closures to all 77 counties

    1 month ago - By News OK

    By Carmen Forman Predicting COVID-19 will peak in Oklahoma in late April, Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday said he is extending his executive order closing "nonessential" businesses to cover all 77 counties. Prior to Stitt's announcement on Wednesday, his order applied to 48 counties. Stitt also said he will extend his executive order that limits gatherings to 10 or fewer people and temporarily suspends elective surgeries an additional two weeks until April 30. Stitt's "safer-at-home" order that asks older Oklahomans and those with underlying medical conditions to remain at home lasts until...
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  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: What is essential? Opinions differ on Stitt's business closure mandate

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: What is essential? Opinions differ on Stitt's business closure mandate

    1 month ago - By News OK

    By Carmen Forman
    Staff writer cforman oklahoman.com In the past week, Gov. Kevin Stitt's order to close “nonessential” businesses in counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19 has expanded from 19 to 48 counties - encompassing more than half of the state.
    But across Oklahoma, many businesses remain open, which critics attribute to Stitt's broad definition of “essential” businesses .
    “The intent is to limit business activity that relies on social gatherings or services of touch,” Stitt said in a video his office posted on social media last week.
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