On Thursday afternoon the City of Sallisaw issued an amendment to its emergency proclamation that would end its curfew effective at 11:59 p.m. April 23. The amendment also follows the new guidelines of the “Open Up and Recover Safely” plan (OURS) issued by Governor Stitt.
Phase 1 of Governor Stitt's OURS plan allows for personal care businesses such as hair and nail salons, spas, barber shops and pet groomers to reopen Friday, April 24 by appointment only.
Eating establishments can open dine in areas on May 1, according to the plan.
All in-person gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes are also required to follow the guidelines of the OURS plan, according to city officials. Also, all citizens with underlying medical conditions are still encouraged to follow the safer-at-home guidelines issued by the Governor. The new amendment extends the emergency declaration for the City of Sallisaw until June 1, 2020.
Sallisaw Mayor Ernie Martens stated on Thursday, after the signing of the proclamation, "We have been very concerned about some of our businesses that have not been able to open due to the rules set down by the governor. However, we still want to encourage our citizens to use caution and wisdom."
“With this amendment, the City of Sallisaw will follow the new three phase plan adopted by the State of Oklahoma for re-opening the economy of our community. The City will still keep certain city facilities closed until further notice, or until the dates mentioned in the OURS plan,” stated Keith Skelton, Sallisaw City Manager. “This virus event is not over. All of our citizens have a responsibility to themselves, their families and their community to continue to fight COVID-19. Everyone must continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing. We encourage our businesses and our citizens to review the OURS plan and to follow it. The health of our community depends on it.”
"We want to follow the governor's guidelines but I'm tickled to death we are going to be able to reopen and help our local businesses," Martens said. "Please remember to take necessary precautions in the weeks ahead so that we can prevent a possible round two of this horrible disease."
The city's proclamation can be viewed in its entirety at
The OURS plan, issued by Governor Stitt, may be viewed at https://www.okcommerce.gov/covid19/.
KXMX News Staff
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