Sapulpa Mayor Lou Martin signed a Fourth Proclamation Thursday afternoon that puts Sapulpa in alignment with Governor Stitt’s plan to reopen the economy in three phases. Phase one officially starts tomorrow, April 24th and stipulates that personal care businesses, such as hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons, and pet groomers can reopen for appointments only, must adhere to sanitation protocols, and follow guidelines posted on the Oklahoma Department of Commerce website regarding social distancing between customers and visitors at personal care businesses. If certain goals are met, then on May 11th, dining, entertainment, movie theatres, and sporting venues can operate using CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols. Gyms and places of worship can reopen with some restrictions and Tattoo Parlors can open by appointment, also with certain protocols in place. Bars will have to remain closed.
As expressed in Governor Stitt’s “Open Up and Recover Safely” plan, the phased rollouts are dependent on a certain set of criteria based on keeping hospitalizations and incidents are at a manageable level. If the situation begins to change, the Governor—and now the Mayor—may repeal this new Proclamation if “assessment of the pandemic so warrants.”
Some are ready, some are not
When Sapulpa Times published the news yesterday, responses came from both sides. Jeremy Harrington, who spoke at Monday’s City Council meeting in support of reopening the economy, says that “Every business is essential to those that rely on it for a living.”
Others thought it was too soon. Opinions ranged from “not enough data to support this,” or simply, “bad idea.” Still others said that the responsibility was on the individual and that those who thought it was too early to reopen should simply stay put. Reader Nathan Kragel said, “At the end of the day no matter what the government does or tells you, you are responsible for your own safety.”
State Representative Kyle Hilbert shared Thursday the graphics he’d been given by the state backing the Governor’s decision to implement the reopening of the economy. According to Hilbert, “The governor said residents in communities with stricter local restrictions should adhere to local policies.” Hilbert also pointed out that Oklahoma City, Tulsa and many midsize communities continue to have stricter restrictions in place through April.
The new Proclamation takes effect at 12:01 AM on Friday and will continue until Governor Stitt lifts the state of emergency on Oklahoma.