City of Sapulpa declares State of Emergency, closing some facilities, restricting others

At Monday night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Lou Martin, Jr. declared a State of Emergency for the City of Sapulpa.

The declaration comes after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 (Coronavirus) a “global pandemic” and the President and Governor have both declared States of Emergency for the country and Oklahoma, respectively.

Facilities Closed or Restricted

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible—and falling in line with other cities and towns in the state—Sapulpa has decided that starting Tuesday, March 17th, 12:01 PM, the following facilities will be closed:

  • Sapulpa Public Library (27 W Dewey Ave)
  • Sapulpa Senior Citizen’s Community Center (515 E Dewey Ave)
  • Booker T. Washington Rec. Center (209 N Gray St)

The proclamation also declared that the following facilities would remain open to the public, but they would suspend or cancel any events, gatherings, meetings and the like of 50 people or more:

  • City of Sapulpa Parks
  • City of Sapulpa Golf Course
  • City of Sapulpa Lakes

The City Manager has been instructed to revoke or deny any permits for any public or private event on any City street, sidewalk, facility, park or property until the expiration of the emergency declaration.

The emergency declaration is scheduled to be in full effect until 12:01 AM on Monday, April 6th, or unless another proclamation terminates it.

Meetings Canceled or Postponed

Additionally, all City of Sapulpa authorities, boards, commissions, committees, and trusts are postponed or canceled for now, with the exception of City Council and Municipal Authority meetings. These meetings are to remain open to the public but the city is taking steps to ensure no close contact between attendees.

Regarding Sapulpa Municipal Court, traffic dockets are to be limited to less than 50 persons per doket and the juvenile court docket is postponed completely until May 2020. Cases scheduled for arraignment, hearing, and trial will also be rescheduled, to be determined by the judge.

The proclamation does not prohibit, but “strongly discourages” all in-person gatherings on private property with 50 or more participants for social, spiritual and recreational purposes. This includes sporting events, parades, concerts, festivals, conventions, fundraisers and others.

Guidelines for businesses

Restaurants, bars and nightclubs are “highly encouraged” to transition to take-out or delivery options or to limit their number of patrons to be such that 6 feet of space are available between them.

Gyms and exercise facilities are encouraged to discontinue all group activities, and to follow the same guidelines above regarding “6 feet of space.”

The announcements come shortly after the Oklahoma State Department of Education forced the closure of all of Oklahoma’s public schools, charters and virtual charter schools through April 6th.

Read the official proclamation here:
Micah Choquette

Micah Choquette

Micah is the Owner and Publisher of Sapulpa Times.