Gov. Kevin Stitt has announced a series of new actions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
Stitt announced that effective Thursday, restaurants must ensure all tables are 6 feet apart. If they can’t stay 6 feet apart, they can install properly sanitized dividers to help keep groups separated.
Also effective Thursday, Stitt is requiring all bars and restaurants to close at 11 p.m. No in-person service of food or alcohol will be allowed after 11 p.m. except for curbside or drive-thru windows.
The governor’s office said regarding the enforcement of the restaurant restrictions, the health department does have the ability to suspend licenses or shut down restaurants if they’re not complying. That would be the same as any other health code violation.
Jim Hopper, President of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, spoke at the news conference and urged all bar and restaurant employees to wear masks when working.
Starting Tuesday, Stitt is requiring all state employees and visitors to wear a mask in common areas and near their coworkers in state buildings.
Stitt said the requirement that people wear masks in state buildings does not apply to the State Capitol. He said that would be up to the legislature, and that he’s “99% sure” the House Speaker and the Senate President Pro Tem will require masks there.
Stitt continues to encourage Oklahomans to wear a mask, wash their hands, and watch their distance.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Monday reported that the state added more than 2,700 new COVID-19 cases, and 10 more Oklahomans have died.