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Broken Arrow issues Shelter in Place order for all residents

The order requires all residents to stay at home except for those that are working at essential jobs or taking care of essential needs.

Posted: 3/31/2020 at 8:00 p.m.



    Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond has issued a Shelter in Place order for all Broken Arrow residents, effective at noon, Wednesday, April 1, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Based on many personal observations this past week and feedback received from the City Council members and the community, I have made two determinations,” Thurmond said. “First, what we are currently doing is not enough to slow the spread of the virus. Secondly, some of our essential businesses, especially those that are bigger box stores, are not doing enough to stop the spread.”

    For these reasons, Thurmond expanded on the City’s Emergency Proclamation made on March 19 in order to reduce community spread of the virus. The new order requires all residents to stay at home except for those that are working at essential jobs or taking care of essential needs.

    Under the amended emergency proclamation:

    • Residents can still go out for essential trips such as buying groceries or gas, picking up prescriptions, medical care, or caring for a loved one, including pets.
    • Non-essential businesses must remain closed. Essential businesses that are open include grocery stores and restaurants, which are using ONLY drive-thru, delivery, or inside or curbside pickup.
    • Everyone must practice social distancing while making those essential trips.
    • It is imperative everyone follow the social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
    • City-owned parks and open spaces remain accessible. Certain amenities and playgrounds are closed. Golf courses remain open but will be closed if they do not comply.

    “On behalf of the Council and Administration, I’m asking everyone to stay home and do your part,” Thurmond said. “This is a serious situation and it is time to take unprecedented action.”

    The City will begin increased communication to residents through its automated city-wide phone call system. Residents can sign up for that service at

    The Mayor also directed City Manager Michael Spurgeon to notify all stores still open that they must adhere to the Governor’s executive order and the CDC business guidelines on social distancing in the workplace.

    “If in fact there is not compliance, I am prepared to take an ordinance to the City Council for consideration at the April 7th meeting for additional business restrictions,” Thurmond said.

    According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of March 31, Oklahoma has 565 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (up from 106 a week ago), with 23 deaths. In Tulsa County, there have been 83 (up from 12 a week ago) confirmed cases with 3 deaths. Wagoner County has seen 10 confirmed cases with 2 deaths.

    The mayor also recognized the efforts of healthcare workers and City employees.

    “On behalf of the City Council and City Manager, I want to thank the doctors, nurses, health professionals, paramedics and all the other folks that are on the front lines fighting COVID-19, Thurmond said. “We appreciate all that you are doing for us! I’d also like to the thank all the City employees who have worked tirelessly to keep our great community running during the pandemic. Having clean water, flushing toilets, trash picked up, safe streets and exceptional Police and Fire service are things we sometimes take for granted. But at times like these we realize how important these services are.”

    Read the Proclamation (PDF)

    3/30/2020 COVID-19 Situational Update

    Posted: 3/30/2020 at 8:20 p.m.


      Broken Arrow is currently following the emergency proclamation passed by the Broken Arrow Mayor and City Council on March 19 and the Executive Order issued by Gov. Stitt March 24. "These orders enable us to enforce the importance of working together as a community to stop the spread of COVID-19, " said City Manager Michael Spurgeon. City officials are monitoring the situation very closely and if additional measures are required, the public will be notified as soon as practicable.

      We ask all Broken Arrow residents to continue to comply with these measures:

      • Shelter in place for those 65 & over and those with vulnerable health conditions.
      • Non-essential businesses are closed.
      • Essential businesses are open including grocery stores and restaurants (drive-thru, pickup, curbside only).
      • Keep social gatherings to under 10 people.
      • You can enjoy outdoor activities and exercise like walking, biking, and fishing.
      • City owned trails and green spaces are open. Most parks are open but certain amenities like playgrounds and sports courts are closed.
      • Rose West Dog Park and Nienhuis Skate Park are closed.
      • Follow social distancing (staying at least six feet away from other people) at open park spaces.
      • Follow social distancing while making essential trips, such as for groceries, pharmacy, doctor appointments, and caring for a loved one.

      BA Parks facilities closed amid COVID-19 pandemic

      Post Date:03/26/2020 5:00 p.m.


      In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and to comply with social distancing requirements mandated by Governor, the City of Broken Arrow has decided to close most of the facilities at City-owned parks, effective at 8 a.m., Friday, March 27.  Until further notice facilities shutting down or being closed are 

      • Playgrounds;
      • Swing sets;
      • Shelters;
      • Sports courts, including basketball, tennis and volleyball;
      • Nienhuis Skate Park;
      • Rose West Dog Park; and
      • Park restrooms and drinking fountains.

      City park open spaces, trails, the disc golf course at Nienhuis Park and golf courses will remain open at this time for recreational use as long as visitors follow the health guidelines from the Tulsa County Health Department, including following hand-washing guidelines, having no more than 10 people in a group and following social distancing guidelines while in the parks.

      Any existing reservations for shelters will be canceled and the applicants will be refunded any reservation fees.  

      Parks and Recreation have started posting notices at the City's parks. Broken Arrow Police will monitor parks and encourage visitors to adhere to guidelines.

      Broken Arrow Parks and Recreation manages 41 parks and over 800 acres of public space.

      Read the Proclamation. (PDF)

      Situation Update - March 25 at 1:30 p.m.

      To date, there have been 27 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County and 3 positive cases in Wagoner County, with one death and one recovered patient- community spread is confirmed in Tulsa County.

      Safer At Home Order issued by Governor

      Yesterday, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt issued a Safer at Home Order that extends to all 77 counties for vulnerable populations to stay at home through April 30. This order applies to the City of Broken Arrow,  and, at this time, no further safer at home orders or clarifications have been issued locally.

      Following the Governor’s order, effective at midnight tonight, no social gatherings of 10 or more people are permitted in Oklahoma.

      Per the Governor’s order, in Tulsa and Wagoner Counties, all non-essential businesses must close operations by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. These include massage parlors, tattoo parlors, and other businesses that include personal touch.

      Essential business operations, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and other like-businesses can remain open. Residents are asked to stay home except for essential trips. The State will issue more clarification on specific non-essential and essential businesses included, but federal guidance from the Department of Homeland Security will be followed.

      Read the Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure

      Governor Stitt announces latest COVID-19 actions

      Read Gov. Stitt’s March 24 Executive Order (PDF)

      Read Gov. Stitt's March 24 Executive Memo (PDF)

      Read Gov. Stitt's March 25 Executive Memo (PDF)

      COVID-19 Resource Center

      The City of  Broken Arrow has launched a COVID-19 Resource Center in response to the pandemic, which can be accessed at The COVID-19 Resource Center includes the most recent Broken Arrow news on COVID-19, has important updates to City Services, and provides resources for businesses and workers for impacted by the pandemic.


      Virtual Public meetings under consideration

      Videoconferencing is being considered for the Broken Arrow City Council and other local public meetings. if you want to watch recorded meetings and potential live meetings, you can do so online at

      211 Resources | Available in multiple languages

      Community Service Council’s 211 Eastern Oklahoma has partnered with OSDH to provide the Tulsa area with resources, referrals and information related to COVID-19. Dial 2-1-1 to speak with a trained specialist, or search online at

      211 is free, available in multiple languages, and serves all of Tulsa County and Eastern Oklahoma. Additionally, 211 has developed a dedicated community webpage for COVID-19 response, including an alphabetical list of locally available resources, modified services, or temporarily closed agencies.

      School closing resources

      On Monday, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced all Oklahoma schools might have to close for the remainder of the 2020 school year. Locally, there are several programs and ways kids can get food.


      Online City services

      Residents needing to make utility or other payments can use the City's online payment service.

      Service requests can also be made to the Action Center.

      Questions? Email us, use the Contact us form, or call 918-251-5311.

      Basic Health Tips

      COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person contact. Contraction can best be prevented through proper hygiene and social distancing.


      For more information, visit the Tulsa Health Department's COVID-19 page.

      Governor issues new COVID-19 executive order

      Updated 3/24/2020 at 5:45 p.m.

      The City is analyzing the latest information from the Governor's announcement this afternoon. Here is a summary of the executive order.

      We will post additional information tomorrow. Check back on this page.

      Added 3/24/2020 at 3:25 p.m. 

      City officials just watched Governor Stitt's press conference regarding Oklahoma's response to COVID-19.

      We are trying to obtain a copy of the executive order. The City will post the information as soon as we have it. Please watch for updates on this page.

      Public access limited for City facilities

      Added 3/20/2020

      Effective immediately, Broken Arrow City Hall (northeast entrance only), Municipal Court and the Public Safety Complex lobby will be the only public facilities accessible to the general public. City Hall business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is being done to maximize social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Central Park and Nienhuis Community Centers as well as the Ray Harral Nature Center are closed. Outdoor parks and green spaces remain open to the public during regular hours, but we encourage residents to do their part to keep themselves and other residents safe and healthy.

      Customers are encouraged to access services online, including utility payments, court payments, and processing building permits. Drop boxes for payments are available outside City Hall and the Justice Center (Municipal Court).

      Due to COVID-19, effective immediately:

      Added 3/18/2020 

      • Broken Arrow utility service cutoffs have been suspended for 30 days.
      • Broken Arrow utility customers are encouraged to call 918-259-8409 to use online payments
      • All Broken Arrow municipal court hearings are suspended for 30 days.
      • Please watch for updates on this page (

      The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread

      Added 3/17/2020

      View the PDF. 

      White House coronavirus guidance Page 1. Information bulleted on site

      • Listen to and follow the directions of your STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES. 
      • IF YOU FEEL SICK, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider. 
      • IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE SICK, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider. 
      • IF SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS TESTED POSITIVE for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider. 
      • IF YOU ARE AN OLDER PERSON, stay home and away from other people. 
      • IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A SERIOUS UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITION that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people. 

      Do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus

      White House coronavirus guidance Page 2. Information bulleted on siteEven if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is crucial that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

      • Work or engage in schooling FROM HOME whenever possible.
      • IF YOU WORK IN A CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INDUSTRY, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services, and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
      • AVOID SOCIAL GATHERINGS in groups of more than 10 people.
      • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts -- USE DRIVE-THRU, PICKUP, OR DELIVERY OPTIONS.
      • AVOID DISCRETIONARY TRAVEL, shopping trips, and social visits.
      • DO NOT VISIT nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
        • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
        • Avoid touching your face.
        • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
        • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

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