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I, John Blish, City Manager of the City of Catoosa, Oklahoma, based on the White House’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again and Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan, do hereby declare and ORDER, as follows:
CITY OF CATOOSA, OKLAHOMAEMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-03ORDER ISSUED PURSUANT TO CIVIL EMERGENCY AUTHORITY WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to be a global pandemic; andWHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared the 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 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121 – 5207; and WHEREAS, due to the potential for rapid community spread and transmission of COVID-19, the Governor of the State of Oklahoma issued executive orders declaring an emergency for all 77 counties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; imposing various requirements for social distancing based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH); closing non-essential businesses throughout the state; suspending certain elective and minor medical procedures; restricting visitation at nursing homes; prohibiting gatherings of ten (10) or more individuals; and requiring vulnerable individuals to shelter in place; andWHEREAS, 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 COVID-19 global pandemic; andWHEREAS, pursuant to the authority vested in me as City Manager, I issued emergency executive orders closing and restricting non-essential businesses and places of public accommodation in the City of Catoosa; requiring people living in or visiting the City of Catoosa to shelter in place except when engaged in an Essential Activity, performing an Essential Governmental Function or operating an Essential Business; restricting public and private social events and gatherings in the City of Catoosa; and requiring compliance with social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC and OSDH in the City of Catoosa; and WHEREAS, on April 16, 2020, the President of the United States released the White House’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, which provides a three-phased approach based on data-driven criteria for state and local governments to loosen restrictions and relax social distancing measures so that they can reopen their economies, get people back to work and continue to protect American lives; andWHEREAS, on April 22, 2020, Governor Stitt announced that Oklahoma has met all necessary criteria under the White House’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again to allow state and local governments in Oklahoma to loosen restrictions implemented under previous executive orders, and Governor Stitt introduced Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan creating a data-driven, three-phased approach to reopening Oklahoma’s economy.NOW THEREFORE, I, John Blish, City Manager of the City of Catoosa, Oklahoma, based on the White House’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again and Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan, do hereby declare and ORDER, as follows:1. Beginning on April 24, 2020, at 7:00 a.m., personal care businesses in the City of Catoosa, such as hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons, and pet groomers can reopen for appointments only. Personal care businesses must strictly adhere to sanitation protocols established by the CDC, and follow guidelines posted on the Oklahoma Department of Commerce website regarding social distancing between customers and visitors at personal care businesses. 2. On April 24, 2020, at 7:00 a.m., parks and outdoor recreation areas in the City of Catoosa may reopen. 3. On May 1, 2020, at 7:00 a.m., the following businesses in the City of Catoosa may reopen:A. Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other places of public accommodation offering food and beverage for dine-in customers and guests and for on-premises consumption, provided they strictly comply with CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols.B. Motive theaters, indoor and outdoor performance venues and museums, provided they strictly comply with CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols.C. Entertainment and sporting venues, provided they strictly comply with CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols. D. Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, and exercise studios, provided they strictly adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols. E. Places of worship for in-person meetings or worship if they leave every other row or pew open and adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols, plus the recommended guidelines from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. F. Tattoo parlors for appointments only, provided they strictly adhere to all CDC-recommended sanitation and social distancing protocols. 4. Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs and other places of public accommodation in the City of Catoosa offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption shall remain closed until such businesses are permitted to reopen under Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan.5. Visitation to senior living facilities, nursing homes, long term care facilities and retirement homes in the City of Catoosa is prohibited until permitted by Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan.6. Schools, organized sporting events and camps in the City of Catoosa should remain closed until further notice from the Governor of the State of Oklahoma.7. All elective surgeries, minor medical procedures and non-emergency dental procedures in the City of Catoosa may reopen as permitted by existing or future orders or guidelines issued by the Governor of the State of Oklahoma.8. To the greatest extent feasible, all individuals who are over the age of 65 or part of a vulnerable population should continue to stay home except for essential errands. Grocery stores should continue to maintain special hours of operation each day for such individuals to do their shopping.9. The City of Catoosa hereby adopts and incorporates any executive orders or guidelines now issued or issued in the future by the Governor of Oklahoma regarding COVID-19 and the movement of people, conducting of business, social gatherings (whether secular or not), social distancing, recreational activities, reopening of the economy, and other activities. All individuals, businesses, organizations and employers in the City of Catoosa shall conduct themselves in accordance with such orders and guidelines. 10. It is the intent of the City of Catoosa to not be more restrictive or less restrictive than the orders and guidelines now issued or issued in the future by the Governor of Oklahoma. This Executive Order shall take effect at 11:59 p.m. on April 23, 2020, and shall continue in effect until further notice.Dated this 23rd day of April, 2020.