The City of Moore rescinded its shelter in place order Saturday and will adhere to Gov. Kevin Stitt's Open Up and Recover Safety plan, according to a memo from Mayor Glenn Lewis.
According to the memo, Moore will follow Kevin Stitt's recently announced guidelines for cities across the state. Stitt's Open Up and Recover Safety plan includes a three-phased approach to reopen the state economy and allow businesses to slowly resume daily activities, along with the continuance of the safer at home order for residents considered to be a part of a vulnerable population.
Moore enacted a stay at home order last month as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the state, then eventually added a shelter in place order earlier this month. Brooks Mitchell, Moore city manager, said the decision to rescind the shelter in place order was made after Stitt's announcement last week.
There are 99 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5 deaths in Moore as of Monday, according to the State Department of Health.
“Going forward, we are going to follow the governor's order and guidelines for our state,” Mitchell said. “We continue to encourage our elderly residents to continue to stay at home if possible and only leave if necessary. We will continue to monitor the data regarding COVID-19 and will make adjustments if necessary, but we plan to continue following the governor's guidance.”
Moore's shelter in place order, which was originally set to expire on April 29, advised all residents to stay at home and leave only for essential activities. It also closed all city buildings and properties, as well as businesses deemed “non-essential,” and authorized the city's code enforcement officials to fine residents and businesses that were not complying with the order.
Most Moore city buildings, including City Hall, will re-open to the public starting on Monday, according to the memo. The Station will also re-open beginning Friday, May 1. The Brand Senior Center reopening date is to be determined.
According to Stitt's guidelines, the first phase of the plan to reopen businesses allows “personal care” businesses, such as barbershops, spas, nail salons and pet groomers, to reopen for appointments in communities that don’t have more stringent closure restrictions in place. On May 1, restaurant dining rooms, movie theaters, sporting venues and gyms can reopen. Places of worship can again hold in-person services and meetings provided staff and volunteers wear masks and abstain from serving food or coffee, sanitize between services and keep nursery areas closed.
Phases two and three of Stitt's plan, which are scheduled for May 15 and June 1, respectively, will go into effect if COVID-19 hospitalizations and incidents are at a manageable level, hospitals are treating all patients without alternate care sites, there is sufficient testing material in the state and ability to conduct contact tracing, and if the state can quickly and independently supply sufficient Personal Protective Equipment and critical medical equipment, including ICU equipment, to handle potential surges of COVID-19 in the future.
While Mitchell emphasized the city's focus on adhering to Stitt's guidelines, he said city officials will continue to monitor COVID-19's impact on Moore and are prepared to make adjustments if necessary.
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