Friday, April 3, 2020

Sallisaw Updates Emergency Proclamation to Include Curfew

The City of Sallisaw has amended its Emergency Proclamation to include a curfew and shelter in place orders for the community. 

Effective at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday April 4, 2020 the City will institute a citywide curfew from the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. This curfew shall exempt essential workers, essential businesses and services and emergency travel. Essential Business workers should carry an Essential Business Letter from their employer. Also, effective at this time, the City is directing all citizens within the corporate city limits of Sallisaw to shelter in place until further notice following the guidelines of the Proclamation. Citizens may still perform essential activities as described in the Proclamation, but the city stresses to continue to follow proper hygiene and social distancing guidelines.

Sallisaw Mayor Ernie Martens stated, "We are trying to take every precaution we can to ensure the health and safety of our citizens. There's no guidebook for this. We are just trying to do what we think is best to keep everyone safe."

The Emergency Proclamation, as amended, may be viewed at

The City emphasizes that all citizens must familiarize themselves with the Proclamation and its guidelines. "We want life to go on but we have to ensure public safety," Martens said.

“We ask all citizens to think about themselves, their families, their co-workers and their community, and continue to follow the guidelines issued by local, State and Federal authorities,” stated Keith Skelton, City Manager. “Please pay attention to the events as they unfold and continue to obtain factual information from legitimate sources. Citizens may go to our website for links to the most current information.”

Martens pointed out that the guidelines for social distancing including no gathers of greater than ten people and maintaining a six foot distance as specified in the original proclamation are still in effect. Also, the definition and classifications of "essential businesses" are identified by the Governor of Oklahoma.

"The main thing is everyone has got to use common sense and not go out anymore than they have to. Don't go out anymore than you have to!" Martens emphasized.

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KXMX News Staff

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