The City of Ardmore Open Up & Recover Safely Plan in conjunction with The State of Oklahoma’s Open Up & Recover Safely Plan
We are so proud of the citizens and businesses of Ardmore, and the surrounding communities, that realized the seriousness of the time we are in and cared enough to follow Federal, State and Local guidelines. At the time of this writing we were still left with only two Carter County residents of all who were tested that came back positive. We may have more in the future; but at this time, we have kept COVID-19 at manageable levels within our combined area of influence.
The Governor introduced yesterday the State’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan. This announcement in no way signals that we are completely out of danger. We must all stay vigilant and continue the practices we have learned, such as social distancing and limiting unnecessary travel. We must also be flexible in the coming days as we evaluate how the steps being taken affect our State and community.
May I also suggest we recognize some of the lessons and blessings that have come from this experience. May we continue to spend more time with loved ones and be even more mindful of those that may have always been vulnerable in so many other ways; even before the last couple of months made us take note.
At this time we turn our attention to another segment of the population that has bore the brunt of our efforts to control the spread of the virus. There have been many individuals and business, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, that have had their income significantly decreased or even paused. It is time to allow families to get back to work in a safe and phased way as the Governor has outlined.
We encourage the citizens of Ardmore and the surrounding areas to help other local families get back on their feet by heading back to local businesses who follow the safety protocols that were published by the CDC.
Below is the outline of what we in Ardmore will do to comply with the Governor’s OURS plan.
Phase 1 guidance includes:
- Elderly and vulnerable Ardmoreites should continue to follow the safer-at-home guidelines and their Ardmore family should assist them in any way they can.
- Grocery stores should continue to maintain special hours for vulnerable populations.
- Continue to minimize non-essential travel.
- Ardmoreites should continue to practice Social Distancing. Please avoid socializing with groups or in facilities that do not allow for appropriate physical distancing. Please see Social Distancing Guidelines.
- Ardmore Employers should create plans to allow employees to return to work safely, close common areas and enforce social distancing protocols, minimize non-essential travel and honor requests of employees who are part of a vulnerable population for special accommodations. Please see CDC Employer Guidelines.
- Starting on Friday, April 24th Medical Facilities will be able to resume many of the procedures that had to be put on hold. They will continue to follow the strict protocols that they have been practicing over the last month. A Medical Facility may choose to move their opening date later so they may have some flexibility to prioritize procedures and staffing availability.
- Starting on Friday, April 24th, Personal Care Businesses (hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons, and pet groomers, etc.) can reopen for appointments only if they adhere to strict sanitation protocols. These businesses must maintain distance between customers and encourage customers to wait in their car until it is time for their appointment to avoid congestion in the lobbies or entrances.
- Starting on Friday, April 24th, State parks and outdoor recreation areas can be reopened.
- Starting on Friday, May 1st, restaurant dining rooms, movie theaters, gyms, and sporting venues can re-open if they adhere to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols.
- Starting on Friday, May 1st, Places of worship can reopen for in-person meetings or worship, if they leave every other row or pew open and adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols, plus the recommended guidelines from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Please see CDC Employer Guidelines & Social Distancing Guidelines & OK State OURS Plan.
- Starting on Friday, May 1st, Tattoo Parlors can reopen for appointments only and must adhere to sanitation protocols and social distancing protocols for distancing between customers and visitors.
- Starting on Monday, May 4th, Ardmore City Hall will reopen to public foot traffic.
- During Phase 1, visits to senior living facilities and hospitals are prohibited.
- Schools, organized sporting events and camps should remain closed until further notice.
If hospital and incident rates remain manageable for 14 days, and with approval from the Governor, the City along with the State, will move to Phase 2 (Goal of Friday, May 15th).
Phase 2 guidance includes:
- Elderly and vulnerable Oklahomans should continue to follow the safer-at-home guidelines.
- Oklahomans should continue to maintain social distancing measures when in public.
- Non-essential travel can begin to resume.
- Employers should still close common areas and enforce social distancing and sanitation protocols.
- Organized sports activities can reopen and operate under proper social distancing and sanitation protocols.
- Bars can operate with diminished standing-room occupancy, where applicable and appropriate, and under social distancing and sanitation protocols.
- Funerals and weddings can resume under social distancing protocols.
- Children’s nursery areas in places of worship can reopen.
If hospital and incident rates remain manageable for another 14 days, and with approval from the Governor, the City along with the State, will move to Phase 3 (Goal of June 1, 2020).
Once hospital and incident rates remain at a manageable level statewide for 14 more days Phase 3 will apply, which will allow for further public interaction. Further details for Phase 3 will be provided once the state enters Phase 2, but the recommendations below are a starting point for planning purposes.
Phase 3 guidance currently includes:
- Employers can resume unrestricted staffing of worksites.
- Summer camps (church and school) can open.
- Visits to Senior Care Facilities and Hospitals should still be prohibited.
For any additional information please see the following resources or visit any one of our Social Media sites for the city.
Again thank you Ardmore for your diligence and compassion. Yes we have heard of of those who did not heed warnings or guidelines but for the most part Ardmore showed Oklahoma, the Nation and the World how a people should be. We have seen so many acts of kindness. We have seen teachers go above and beyond. Medical facility personnel and families continue to come to work to keep us healthy. Our first responders and their families continuing their efforts to keep us safe. Plus the many essential businesses and their employees and families that kept food and other material available for our families. We have simply seen heroes continue to be heroes. May God bless each one of us to know our value in his eyes and the equal value of the person who stands next to us.
Mayor John Moore
City of Ardmore, Oklahoma