Oklahoma County has 6 of the 17 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state.
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said on Tuesday that the city will close bars, gyms, theaters and limit restaurants to serve only take-out or delivery food until April 12. The decision is to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the metro area.
Oklahoma City has also revoked all special event permits through April 12 and banned gatherings of more than 50 people at city facilities.
“It is heartbreaking to make these announcements today," said Holt. "I am well aware how they will affect the economics of our city and our residents.”
Dr. Patrick McGough, executive director of the Oklahoma City - County Health Department, says with the virus spreading from person to person, the city is facing an immediate crisis and the first priority is to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma County.
McGough says it is important to avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people. He says it’s also imperative to stay home if you begin to feel ill with a fever or cough, but to call your medical provider.