Tulsa City Council Adopts Additional COVID-19 Measures; Tulsa Health Department to enforce new regulations
T.On Tuesday evening, Tulsa City Council passed additional COVID-19 measures that:
- Require a COVID-19 safety plan for events of 150 people or more (previously 500) – Safety plans must be submitted to the Tulsa Health Department (THD) 14 calendar days prior to the event
- Empower THD to enforce the city’s COVID-19 regulations in places with public accommodation, public facilities, restaurants and bars
- Require separation or removal provisions used in restaurants, bars, and other public accommodation and public facilities
- Encourage companies to consistently make reasonable efforts to ensure that customers and attendees meet face covering requirements and implement a sanitary protocol to protect employees and customers
THD will work with public accommodation to ensure compliance with city ordinances.
Businesses that fail to take steps to meet face-covering, social distance, separation, or event requirements may be classified as a public nuisance and will be mitigated and punished.
The mask regulation in the city remains the same. These newly adopted ordinances build on the city’s existing mask mandate, which requires a mask for all persons aged 10 and over in public facilities and in public accommodation.
To report non-compliance with existing city ordinances regarding COVID-19 measures, visit www.tulsa-health.org/COVIDcomplaint. Residents should only call 911 for life threatening emergencies.
Updated regulations are made available at www.cityoftulsa.org/COVID19. In addition, a detailed list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and background information on public accommodation is provided on this website.
“I would like to thank the leadership of so many of our surrounding communities, and especially my colleagues on Tulsa City Council, for their commitment to saving lives and supporting our troubled health care system,” said Mayor GT Bynum. “I fully support these increased mitigation efforts for Tulsa, and I strongly encourage Tulsans to remain vigilant as we navigate through one of the most difficult times in this pandemic. I will legally sign these measures tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. and I am grateful to all companies and individuals who are doing their part to contain the spread of this disease. “
“Thank you to my fellow council members, the Mayor and the City / Health Department staff for their efforts to legislate to protect our community,” said council chairman Ben Kimbro. “The local government is responsible for ensuring public safety. These ordinances were passed in the interests of saving lives; Period. I ask the community to work with the city and the health department to stop this virus from spreading. We must all work together to protect the health of our fellow citizens, especially our most vulnerable. “
“I appreciate the efforts of the City of Tulsa to strengthen existing regulations to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community, especially our most vulnerable,” said THD Executive Director Dr. Darts. “The Tulsa Health Department remains committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of Tulsa County’s residents. Just as THD employees inspect local food operations to ensure they are working safely to prevent foodborne illness, our employees will now also help local businesses keep their employees and customers safe. “
10 days: say yes to the rest
COVID-19 numbers on the Tulsa subway are heading in the wrong direction. Our healthcare system is under significant strain before Thanksgiving. To better promote national mitigation efforts, the Tulsa Health Department launched a new graphics campaign to encourage Tulsans to exercise increased vigilance by the end of the month.
Anyone can download and use these graphics, which can be downloaded online.
Before Thanksgiving Day, THD asks residents of the Tulsa area to do the following:
- Avoid gatherings
- Take precautions during Thanksgiving (thank only those in your household or video conferencing on Thanksgiving)
- Stay safe while shopping (shop online if possible)
- Wash your hands
- Wear your mask
- Pay attention to your distance
- Order to take away
- Work from home if possible
In response to the 10-day challenge, Tulsa Area Attraction has issued a unified answer. Below are some of their mitigation efforts:
- Tulsa Ballet – Reduced capacity in all operations to less than 10 percent and let administrative staff work from home for a week after Thanksgiving
- Tulsa Zoo – continues to limit capacity and sanitize all touch-sensitive surfaces every few hours
- Philbrook Museum – changed operating hours and strict mask mandate enforcement with no medical exceptions
- BOK Center – has postponed the start of the Arvest Winterfest to November 30th
- ahha Tulsa – continues to allow employees to work from home when possible, and quarantine employees who party with people outside their home
- Gilcrease Museum – continues to enforce Tulsa’s mask mandate and limit capacity
- Gathering Place – in addition to increased hygiene measures, reduces operating hours and closes buildings if the Thanksgiving crowd warrants it
- Discovery Lab – continues to enforce mask mandate, review temperatures, and limit guest sizes
- Tulsa Performing Arts Center – moved its scheduled indoor concert for November 21st to a live stream event without an audience
To date, the Tulsa Health Department (THD) has confirmed 30,917 positive COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County. 25,651 residents have recovered and 258 have died. The test results are updated daily at www.tulsa-health.org/COVID19. For the latest news, information, and business resources in Tulsa, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/COVID19.