Coronavirus Updates: Oklahoma County Declares Emergency, Norman Orders Bars And More To Close

Mar 17, 2020

Oklahoma County is declaring a state of emergency.

County Commissioners approved the emergency declaration during a special meeting yesterday afternoon following a similar declaration at the state level.

The declaration opens the county up to receive emergency funding from the state or federal governments while encouraging county employees to work remotely.

County offices and buildings are still open to the public, though people have been pushed to use the county’s online services as much as possible.

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Norman’s mayor is calling on all bars and restaurants to close for 15 days.

Mayor Breea Clark is ordering all bars to close within 48 hours along with restaurants now offering delivery, drive-thru or curbside pickup.

Those businesses remaining open must still close by 9 p.m. every night.

The ruling also forces the closures of theaters, fitness studios and gyms, recreation facilities and private clubs.