A special City Council meeting scheduled for Monday evening at 6:00 PM brings suspicions that things could get worse before they get better for local businesses.
A proclamation of a state of emergency enacted by the City Council on Monday, March 16th resulted in closing a number of facilities, including the BTW Rec Center and the Library. Along with that, they provided a set of guidelines for businesses, “highly encouraging” them to transition to take-out or delivery options.
Restaurants seem to be taking the guidelines seriously, with a lot of them moving to drive-through and carry-out service only, and those who are keeping their dining rooms open are pulling chairs to practice “social distancing” and closing down their salad bars and buffets.
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At least one city councilor has come out as strongly in favor of closing the dining rooms of all restaurants. John Suggs, of Ward 1, was not able to attend the City Council meeting on Monday because of a broken leg, but says that Sapulpa cannot continue to lag behind other cities:
“Nobody is more pro-business than I am and I am sympathetic that some owners are trying to save the jobs of some of their employees,” Suggs said. “But we can no longer lag behind other States and other cities like Tulsa, Jenks, Broken Arrow, OKC, and Norman. Human lives are at risk…I strongly support closing all Sapulpa Restaurants to inside dining and allowing only drive-through, pick-up, or delivery.”
Suggs is currently in Oklahoma City but says he plans to attend Monday’s meeting via teleconference.
“We’d be completely done.”
Some restaurants don’t currently offer drive-through service and say if they were forced to close their dining room for two weeks they’re not much chance they’d be able to reopen.
“If we have to close for (two) weeks we will be completely done,” says Jai Webb, owner of J’s Country Kitchen in Kellyville. “Have to sell our stuff and find jobs.” Kellyville Town Trustees have closed public buildings and the city park, but have said that they’re not going to impose further on restaurants. “They are already restricting themselves and they have gone above and beyond helping people,” says Kellyville Trustee Ed Pruitt.
J’s Country Kitchen recently received additional praise for working with Kellyville police to deliver meals to the elderly in the community who might be at risk and were trying to stay home in order to keep from being exposed to the Coronavirus.
The only other item on the agenda for Monday’s meeting is a resolution moving the upcoming elections from April 7th to June 30th, in accordance with the State Election Board declaring an emergency regarding this particular election. There are six elections in Creek County that will likely be rescheduled to June as a result.