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Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt issued new restrictions ahead of the holiday weekend, in an effort to prevent another rise in cases.

In a press conference Wednesday, Holt said the restrictions are targeted based on the places the virus is spreading, according to Oklahoma County contact tracers. Specifically, they address restaurants, bars and venues with theater-style seating, such as churches.

The restrictions take effect Friday, July 3 and last for two weeks. They include the following:

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After leading a massive protest this weekend, Black Lives Matter issued a long list of demands for police reform on Monday from the steps of Oklahoma City Hall.

The Oklahoma City chapter of the group launched their latest protest after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

The activists want protestors arrested over the weekend released, more deescalation training for police, an apology from Mayor David Holt and Police Chief Wade Gourley, and they want Gourley to resign.

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Demonstrators gathered at NE 36th Street and Kelley Avenue in northeast Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week.

Thousands of people rallied at the demonstration organized by Black Lives Matter OKC before many of them marched south to the state capitol. The protest was largely peaceful and incident-free, as community members passed out water, grilled food and chanted support for marchers.

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Twenty days into his reopening plan, Governor Kevin Stitt it’s time to move to Phase 2 on Friday.

Under Phase 2, funerals, weddings and organized sports can resume, and bars will be allowed to reopen with lower occupancy.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about State Attorney General Mike Hunter calling for an audit of the Department of Health and cities follow quickly behind the state after Governor Stitt announced plans to reopen Oklahoma for business.

The trio also discusses state leaders asking if its possible to cancel federal unemployment checks of $600 a week and lawmakers are scheduled to return on Monday.

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The mayors of Oklahoma's two largest cities say they will allow their orders to slow the spread of coronavirus to expire on April 30.

Before 9/11, there was Oklahoma City.

On April 19, 1995, the United States experienced what was — to that point — the most deadly act of terror ever perpetrated on American soil, when a right-wing extremist detonated a truck bomb next to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

It's been 25 years since 168 people — including 19 children — lost their lives when thousands of pounds of fertilizer, fuel and other chemicals exploded and ripped a gaping hole in the building's facade.

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Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and U.S. Congresswoman Kendra Horn are holding a virtual town hall meeting on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event is taking place Tuesday night at 6 p.m. and will also include Dr. Patrick McGough, the executive Director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

Holt says providing accurate and frequent updates to the people of Oklahoma City is imperative during this pandemic.

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OKC Parks have closed many of their amenities —including all playgrounds, sports courts and other hard-surfaced equipment.

Stacey Hamm with OKC Parks says since the closings, they’ve received reports of parents and children ignoring closed signs. She says the closures are to keep people more protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Please stay off any playgrounds or any other equipment and amenities inside city parks,” Hamm said.

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt announced Thursday that he is extending the city's "shelter-in-place" order through April 30. City residents are asked to only leave their homes for essential reasons during that time period.

At a press briefing Friday, Holt stressed that the order's end date could change again.

"I don't think you should assume that April 30th will be the end of it," Holt said. "In fact, you should know that other states have begun to extend their restrictions all the way into June."

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