Coronavirus Updates: State Capitol Closing To Public, Tulsa Declares State of Emergency

Mar 17, 2020

The Oklahoma State Capitol is closing to the public.

The Oklahoman reports only elected officials, essential Capitol staff, credentialed reporters and state employees who are invited into the building are welcome at the Capitol.

All tours, field trips, rallies and receptions at the Capitol are getting suspended along with page programs in the House and Senate.

The House and Senate are going into session today, but out for the rest of the week, and legislative leaders say they still don’t know what next week will look like.


Tulsa City and County both declared states of emergency yesterday.

According to the Tulsa World, the board of Tulsa’s Health Department is meeting soon to consider restrictions on bars and restaurants, but the director doesn’t want to close businesses.

At a noon news conference Monday, Mayor G.T. Bynum asked the board for guidance on the issue.

The three Tulsa County COVID-19 cases involve a man in his 50s and two women, one in her 40s and one in her 20s.