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City of Broken Arrow cancels emergency proclamations

Begins reopening in phases April 24 following Governor’s Bounce Back Plan

Post Date:04/23/2020 12:00 p.m.

 

On April 22, 2020 Governor Stitt’s Bounce Back Advisory group issued the Oklahoma Bounce Back Plan implementing a three phased approach to open Oklahoma’s economy starting on April 24, 2020. The plan is based on scientific modeling from public health experts and is designed to mitigate the risk of the resurgence of COVID-19. It provides a detailed plan for the reopening of Oklahoma’s economy in phases that the City of Broken Arrow desires to implement.
 
In support of the Governor’s plan, Mayor Craig Thurmond will terminate the City’s emergency declarations regarding sheltering in place effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 23, 2020. However, the City will continue following the Governor’s Safer at Home order for vulnerable populations through May 6.

 

“The City Council discussed the local proclamations in place in connection with the pandemic for BA at its meeting last Tuesday night. My fellow City Councilors and myself, as well as our City Manager and his staff feel the governor’s plan is sensible and Broken Arrow will follow a plan consistent with the Governor’s,” Thurmond said.

The City is working on a recovery plan for businesses and has set up a joint task force with the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation called “BA Rising”. Businesses can access resources by visiting www.BArising.com. City Manager Michael Spurgeon has also set up three internal recovery task forces to focus on these areas: Organizational Operations, CARES Act & Stimulus Opportunities, and Economic Recovery.

“We will begin the reopening in phases, and with specific guidance from the President and the Governor,” Spurgeon said. “We will be spending the next week preparing to work with businesses and other organizations as outlined in the Governor’s plan to open on May 1.”

Residents with questions can continue using the City’s online COVID-19 resource center.

Background

On March 15, 2020, the Governor of Oklahoma issued Executive Order 2020-07 declaring an emergency caused by the impending threat of COVID-19 to the people of Oklahoma and the public’s peace, health and safety.

The City of Broken Arrow issued emergency proclamations related to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 19, 2020 and March 31, 2020. The March 19th proclamation ordered the closing of certain business and commercial establishments in Broken Arrow either in-full, or with special conditions for limited operation.

On March 31, 2020 Mayor Thurmond proclaimed an Amended Emergency Proclamation, ordering all citizens in or visiting the City of Broken Arrow to shelter at their place of residence except for “Essential Activities”. This Shelter in Place order went into effect on April 1 and was set to expire April 30.

On March 24, 2020, the Governor amended his Executive Order requiring vulnerable individuals to stay home except for essential errands, closing non-essential businesses in counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19, suspending certain elective and minor medical procedures, prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more individuals and restricting visitation at nursing homes; and on April 15, 2020 Governor Stitt extended his Safer at Home order for vulnerable individuals until May 6, 2020.

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