Owasso City Council to Considering Adopting Declaration of Civil Emergency

03/17/2020 – The Owasso City Council is considering adopting a Declaration of Civil Emergency related to community spread of COVID-19 that would be signed into effect by Mayor Chris Kelley at the regular meeting of the Owasso City Council tonight at 6:30 PM at 109 North Birch.
The Declaration of Civil Emergency will institute new community measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Owasso. The changes are the result of recommendations from the Tulsa County Health Department (TCHD), the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSHD) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Effective immediately upon signage of the Declaration of Civil Emergency:
1. All events or gatherings of fifty (50) people or more, in or on a City-owned or City-operated facility or property, are banned, until at least April 14, 2020, when the pandemic emergency will be reassessed; and
2. All special event permits, issued under the authority of Part 11, Chapter 3, Special Event Permitting, and revocable permits with a projected attendance of fifty (50) people or more, are revoked, and as of this date, no further such special event permits will be issued and no such special events may be held in or on a City-owned or City-operated facility or property until at least April 14, 2020, when the pandemic emergency will be reassessed.
3. The following City of Owasso facilities will remain open for individual access, however, all public and private gatherings, meetings, and events of fifty (50) people or more are postponed and/or canceled until the expiration of this emergency declaration:
Owasso City Hall Owasso Community Center Owasso Fire Departments Owasso Public Works Facilities Owasso Police Department Owasso Parks* and Recreation (facilities and events) Owasso Support Services Bailey Ranch Public Golf Club Old Central (109 North Birch)
* Park Patrons are highly encouraged to use discretion in all parts of the park facility playgrounds and open spaces when crowded conditions exist.
4. All in-person gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes, including but not limited to community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based, or sporting events, concerts, festivals, conventions, fundraisers, and similar activities are strongly discouraged, per CDC recommendations, until the expiration of this emergency declaration.
5. Restaurants, bars, and other privately-owned gathering places are highly encouraged to ensure at least six (6) feet of space, per CDC recommendations, are available to each patron.
Upon approval, the state of emergency will take effect March 17, 2020, and continue until 6:30 PM April 14, 2020, unless terminated earlier by further resolution.
For the latest information on coronavirus in Oklahoma and additional access to resources from health partners, please visit https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/.


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