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Amended proclamation: Shawnee mayor adds shelter-in-place, senior shopping, parks open — but not equipment

Vicky O. Misa
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As the threat of COVID-19 continues, so are precautions being put into place to slow its spread.

The City of Shawnee released a second amended proclamation by Shawnee Mayor Richard Finley, which went into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday evening. Perhaps the most significant is an added order for Shawnee residents to shelter in place, refraining from all unnecessary travel from home.

Additions include:

• all essential grocery and retail establishments are required to provide at least one hour of controlled access to patrons age 55 and over;

• all garage/yard sales are suspended through April 30;

• city parks will remain open and residents will be allowed to use them for exercise, abiding by the CDC guidelines on social distancing, but all recreation equipment is to be considered closed to park patrons —including all playground or exercise equipment and sports/recreational courts and facilities; and

• all directives contained in Gov. Kevin Stitt's Sixth Amended Executive Order 2020-07, and amendments are incorporated and being implemented by the city.

Extended

Much of the declaration remained the same except it added an extension to the date. The original state-of-emergency document was to expire April 6, but now the edict is to be honored through April 30 — unless another amendment or extension is added.

Items in Finley's original declaration that have been extended through April 30:

• Shawnee Special Events Permits for activities planned through April 30 are suspended and no new permits will be granted during that period;

• all events with 10 or more people taking place on city-owned and operated properties, including streets and alleys, except for City Commission, Shawnee Municipal Authority, and Shawnee Airport Authority meetings, are prohibited through April 30;

• all events with 10 or more people taking place on city-owned and operated properties that are managed or operated by outside organizations are prohibited through April 30;

• Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, and Citizens Advisory Boards meetings are suspended through April 30;

• Shawnee Municipal Authority will temporarily suspend utility cut-offs for customers unable to pay their utility bills through April 30; and

• Shawnee Municipal Court hearings are postponed through April 30 — persons affected by rescheduling will be notified.

Watch for updates.

Mayor Richard Finley's new directive to shelter from home:

“I DO HEREBY FURTHER DIRECT, effective March 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM, that all residents living within the corporate limits of the City of Shawnee, Oklahoma are required to shelter in place at their place of residence as provided herein:

A) Persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities as defined herein, or to operate Essential Businesses.

a. "Essential Activities" shall include:

• Tasks essential to the health and safety of family members, household members, or pets.

• Obtaining necessary services or supplies for family, household members, or pets, or to deliver those services to others in need, for operation of a residence.

• Engaging in outdoor activity, provided that the individual, except family or household members, follow social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC and prior emergency proclamations.

• Performing work at an Essential Business.

• Caring for or transporting a family member or pet in another household.

• Moving to another residence either inside or outside the City of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

• To otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted by this Proclamation.

b. "Essential Business" shall mean those businesses identified by the Governor of the State of Oklahoma, or his designee, by the Governor's Sixth Amended Executive Order 2020-07, and amendments thereto, as critical infrastructure sector, including critical government workers as defined by the governmental employer.”

Information taken from Mayor Richard Finley's second amended proclamation.