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March 29, 2020 1:54 PM





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 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, 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 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 COVID-19 global pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, I issued Emergency Executive Order 2020-01 closing and restricting certain commercial businesses in the City of Catoosa due to the potential for rapid community spread and transmission of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 24, 2020, the Governor of the State of Oklahoma amended Executive Order 2020-07 requiring vulnerable individuals to stay home except for essential errands, closing non-essential businesses in counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19, suspending certain elective and minor medical procedures, prohibiting gatherings of ten (10) or more individuals, and restricting visitation at nursing homes; and

WHEREAS, as of March 29, 2020, the Oklahoma State Department of Health has reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rogers County and Wagoner County;

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; and

WHEREAS, it is essential that the spread of COVID-19 be slowed to protect the ability of health care providers and facilities to handle and care for the influx of new patients in order to safeguard the public health and safety;

NOW THEREFORE, I, John Blish, City Manager of the City of Catoosa, Oklahoma, by the power vested in me, hereby proclaim the continued existence of a civil emergency because of COVID-19, and I do hereby declare and ORDER, as follows:

1. City of Catoosa Emergency Executive Order 2020-01, dated March 20, 2020, ordering the closure of and restrictions on certain commercial establishments and places of public accommodation shall remain in full force and effect.

2. All citizens living in or visiting the City of Catoosa are ordered to shelter at their place of residence at all times, except as allowed hereinafter or by subsequent written executive order. For purposes of this Executive Order, residences include a single family home or dwelling unit, an apartment unit, a condominium unit, a mobile home or trailer home, a rental unit, a hotel room, a motel room, and similar facilities and accommodations.

3. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities as defined herein, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions as defined by the government performing the function, or to operate Essential Businesses as defined by the Governor of the State of Oklahoma or his designee.

4. For purposes of this Executive Order, the following are Essential Activities for which individuals may leave their residences to perform:

A. To engage in activities, perform tasks, or obtain supplies essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family, those living in their residence, or pets (for example, obtaining necessary medical supplies, medication, food and beverage, or other products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential operation of the residence, visiting a health care professional, obtaining supplies needed to work from home, or performing property maintenance).

B. To engage in outdoor activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, or running), provided that individuals, except those from the same residence, must comply with physical distancing requirements of six feet.

C. To perform work at an Essential Business.

D. To care for or transport a family member or pet from or to another residence.

E. To move to another residence either in or outside the City of Catoosa.

5. For purposes of this order, non-residents of the City of Catoosa may be outside of a residence within the City limits only to engage in those activities for which Catoosa citizens may leave their residences as stated in this Executive Order.

6. All businesses operating in the City of Catoosa, except Essential Businesses, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the City, except that:

A. Any business may continue to perform essential functions with employees or contractors as necessary to maintain the value of the business’ inventory, preserve the condition of the business’ facilities and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, and perform related functions; and

B. Any business may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities remotely (i.e., working from home).

7. To the greatest extent feasible, all businesses, including Essential Businesses, shall comply with social distancing requirements, including but not limited to, maintaining at least six (6) feet of physical distance between all persons, off-setting shift hours and/or days, and requiring employees to conduct work remotely where feasible.

8. All public or private events or social gatherings, defined as more than one person outside of a single residence, in the City of Catoosa are hereby prohibited, provided that nothing in this Order prohibits the social gathering of members of a residence at home.

9. If a person has tested positive for COVID-19, all members of that person’s residence must quarantine at home in a separate area from the infected person. Members of the residence should not leave home except for workers employed in essential healthcare operations who may continue to work in accordance with guidance from the CDC.

10. Any person violating or causing a business, commercial establishment or other place of public accommodation to violate this or any other executive order shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to the penalties set forth in Title 1, Chapter 4, Section 1-4-1(B) of the City of Catoosa Code of Ordinances.

This Executive Order shall take effect at 11:59 a.m. on March 30, 2020, and shall continue in effect indefinitely.

Dated this 29th day of March, 2020.


John Blish, City Manager

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