Bixby Passes Emergency Ordinance Closing Bars, Limiting Restaurants to Takeout or Delivery

Mar 24, 2020

Bixby becomes the latest city to order bars closed and restaurants to offer only takeout or delivery service as Oklahoma responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An emergency ordinance also closes movie theaters, gyms and entertainment venues; prohibits public gatherings of more than 10 people; and specifies city meetings will be held by teleconference.

Hair and nail salons and barber shops can stay open if they offer services by appointment only and don't schedule appointments within 15 minutes of each other.

"All business owners should step up their preventative measures and prepare an emergency closure plan in case it is necessary. Please do what you can to help stop the spread of this virus in our community. We are one community and we must work together to get through this," Mayor Brian Guthrie said in a statement.

People who violate the ordinance could be fined up to $100 per day.

Bixby City Council approved the measures Monday night. The restrictions take effect Tuesday at 10 p.m. and will be in effect indefinitely.