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Stay at Home order issued by Mayor Clark to flatten the curve


Stay at Home order issued by Mayor Clark to flatten the curve 
Mayor Breea Clark – in alignment with Governor Stitt’s Amended Executive Order – announced a new Proclamation of Local Emergency today with an explicit Stay at Home directive for Norman that will go into effect at midnight on Wednesday, March 25 through midnight on Tuesday, April 14 to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus and flatten the curve. The order will impact all non-essential trips and close all non-essential business. 
“Our city and state are uniquely positioned to see what policy and initiatives around the world have been successful in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The actions we are announcing today line up not only with what cities, counties and states are doing all over our nation, but it also follows the recommendation of what 15 different medical associations in Oklahoma believe is the necessary course of action to fight the spread of this virus. We join the Governor in taking decisive action to flatten the curve in our community,” said Mayor Clark. “We have already had one death in our city from COVID-19. I will not wait for another one before taking steps we know will save lives. We need to do this and we need to do it now.” 
For purposes of this order, permissible “essential activities” will mean:
To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family and close personal acquaintances, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home;
To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or close personal acquaintances, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
To assist in the preparation of food and drink for delivery and carry out, or to pick up food or drink for carry out.
To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, biking, hiking, or running;
To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Order; and
To care for a family member, close personal acquaintance, or pet in another household. 
Also under the new proclamation, all businesses and other operations in the City, except State and political subdivisions over which the City has no control, are required to cease all in-person operations. Non-essential businesses and operations may continue to operate to the extent employees, contractors or other agents can perform business activities at their own residences. 
“These are historic times for our city, state, and nation.  First and foremost, we want to encourage best practices when it comes to maintaining personal and community health.  An integral part of community health are thriving businesses, and a person’s ability to attain and maintain employment,” said Norman Chamber of Commerce President Scott Martin. “In the midst of fighting this pandemic there are simple and abundant options for people to support our local businesses, many of those ideas can be found on the Chamber’s website, www.normanchamber.com, or by contacting your favorite local businesses.  Now more than ever, we need to come together for Norman; in doing so, we’ll get through this challenge.” 
To learn more about the proclamation and see frequently asked questions, visit the City’s coronavirus update website at coronavirus.normanok.gov. 


Mayor Breea Clark – in alignment with Governor Stitt’s Amended Executive Order – announced a new Proclamation of Local Emergency today with an explicit Stay at Home directive for Norman that will go into effect at midnight on Wednesday, March 25 through midnight on Tuesday, April 14 to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus and flatten the curve. The order will impact all non-essential trips and close all non-essential business. 

“Our city and state are uniquely positioned to see what policy and initiatives around the world have been successful in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The actions we are announcing today line up not only with what cities, counties and states are doing all over our nation, but it also follows the recommendation of what 15 different medical associations in Oklahoma believe is the necessary course of action to fight the spread of this virus. We join the Governor in taking decisive action to flatten the curve in our community,” said Mayor Clark. “We have already had one death in our city from COVID-19. I will not wait for another one before taking steps we know will save lives. We need to do this and we need to do it now.” 

For purposes of this order, permissible “essential activities” will mean:


  • To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family and close personal acquaintances, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home;
  • To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or close personal acquaintances, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
  • To assist in the preparation of food and drink for delivery and carry out, or to pick up food or drink for carry out.
  • To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, biking, hiking, or running;
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Order; and
  • To care for a family member, close personal acquaintance, or pet in another household. 

Also under the new proclamation, all businesses and other operations in the City, except State and political subdivisions over which the City has no control, are required to cease all in-person operations. Non-essential businesses and operations may continue to operate to the extent employees, contractors or other agents can perform business activities at their own residences. 

“These are historic times for our city, state, and nation.  First and foremost, we want to encourage best practices when it comes to maintaining personal and community health.  An integral part of community health are thriving businesses, and a person’s ability to attain and maintain employment,” said Norman Chamber of Commerce President Scott Martin. “In the midst of fighting this pandemic there are simple and abundant options for people to support our local businesses, many of those ideas can be found on the Chamber’s website, www.normanchamber.com, or by contacting your favorite local businesses.  Now more than ever, we need to come together for Norman; in doing so, we’ll get through this challenge.” 

A violation of this Proclamation constitutes a violation of Section 2-111 of the Code of the City of Norman, which could result in a maximum penalty of $750 and 60 days in jail per violation. The Norman Police Department is empowered to enforce this ordinance but is encouraged to use an education, warning, then citation approach to enforcement.

To learn more about the proclamation and see frequently asked questions, visit the City’s coronavirus update website at coronavirus.normanok.gov