Coronavirus Oklahoma: Is your business considered essential under Governor Stitt’s Safer-at-Home Order?

As the number of Covid-19 cases in Oklahoma continues to grow in the Coronavirus emergency, on March 24, 2020, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt issued his Fourth Amended Executive Order 2020-07 increasing the restrictions to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus and Covid-19.  You can find a copy of Governor Stitt’s Order here.

Paragraph 20 of Governor Stitt’s Order provides:

Effective at 11 :59 p.m. on March 25, 2020, all businesses not identified as being
within a critical infrastructure sector as defined by the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security and located in a county experiencing community spread of
COVID-19, as identified by OSDH on its website, shall close. Additional
sectors may be designated as critical by Executive Order or Memorandum.
Nothing in this provision shall prevent restaurants and bars from providing
pick-up, curbside, and delivery. This shall be effective until April 16, 2020.

So, all Oklahoma businesses in counties with at least one Covid-19 case that are within a critical infrastructure sector must close for 21 days by March 25, 2020, at 11:59 PM.  What businesses are covered by this Order?  Consider Kevin Stitt’s tweet below:

and, Governor Stitt signed an Executive Memorandum clarifying what businesses are essential:



Posted by Shawn Roberts

On this blog, I write about and try to answer practical Oklahoma legal questions. My focus and most experience is in estate planning and business issues including Oklahoma non-compete law. I make a living as an attorney in the law firm I founded, Shawn J. Roberts, P.C. in Oklahoma City. I live in Edmond with my wife Amy and my two children, Sam (19) and David (11). We live precisely in the path of where the "wind comes sweeping down the plains."