Following a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma, Governor Kevin Stit is enacting new regulations on restaurants and bars across the state to stop the spread of the virus according to our news partner, KFOR.
During a press conference on Monday afternoon the Governor said “As you are aware, our cases of COVID-19 continue to go up here in Oklahoma and they’re continuing to go up all across the country. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state of Oklahoma has gone up 19% just in the last week. Throughout this entire battle, my first priority has always been to protect the health and lives of Oklahomans. That’s still true today and that’s always gonna be true,”
Starting Thursday restaurants must ensure that all tables are 6 feet apart. Bars and restaurants must also close seating areas at 11pm each night. Curbside and Drive-Thru areas may still remain open.
“We need to slow the spread of this virus. Data shows that social distancing is harder to maintain as it gets later at night, especially in bars,” Stitt said.
State employees and those visiting state buildings must also now wear masks.
“I continue to encourage Oklahomans to wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance. I’ve been saying this for months. They work and we need your help,”