Stitt announces new measures to slow virus spread in Oklahoma

Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 1:22 PM CST
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OKLAHOMA CITY (KXII) - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced new measures at a Monday press conference to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“Oklahoma, I need your help,” Stitt said. “But more importantly, our doctors, our hospitals need your help.”

Stitt announced the following measures:

-Starting Thursday, all restaurants must either position tables six feet apart or install sanitized dividers between tables.

-Starting Thursday, all bars and restaurants must close at 11:00 p.m. nightly.

-Starting Tuesday, all state employees must wear masks while at work.

“This applies to 33,000 state employees across all state agencies that fall underneath the executive branch. Masks will be required for anyone visiting state buildings as well,” said Stitt.

“The governor has set the example by requiring masks for his state employees. We will follow that example and ask and request that all restaurant workers wear masks during their shifts as well and those times when they’re not on their shifts,” said Jim Hopper, President and CEO of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.

Stitt also said he wants all Oklahoma children back in schools for in-person learning after the Christmas break.

The coronavirus continues its rampage through Oklahoma with state health officials reporting an almost 10% increase in active cases.

That brings the total cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 to more than 27,800 since the pandemic first struck the state in early March.

More than 3,900 new cases Sunday raised by almost 3% the total number of cases to more than 154,000.

Oklahoma COVID-19 hospitalizations are down by 48 beds to just under 1,200 cases.

Twelve new COVID-19 deaths lifted the state’s coronavirus death toll to 1,528.

This is a developing story. Check back and watch News 12 tonight for updates.

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