Governor Kevin Stitt released a three phase plan to reopen businesses in Oklahoma.
Although businesses will be able to open in the coming weeks, the governor stresses folks will have to continue with social distancing. Because, he said, if the number of hospitalizations and deaths increase too dramatically, he may have to rethink his decision.
The governor said, because the state still has sufficient numbers of hospital beds and the number of cases is trending down, the state can begin opening personal care businesses like hair and nail salons by appointment only this Friday.
On May 1 other businesses can start opening.
“Restaurants dining rooms, movie theaters, sporting venues and gyms, places of worship can reopen for in-person meetings or worship, provided that staff and volunteers wear masks when interacting with the public,” Stitt said.
If rates remain manageable for 14-days, Stitt said we will move to phase two.
Non-essential travel and organized sports can resume; bars can open with social distancing. And funerals and weddings can resume.
Two weeks after that, if numbers continue trending down, phase 3 goes into effect. Stitt said he’ll have more details on that in the coming weeks.