Oklahoma Attorney General Says Compliance with Stitt Executive Orders is Priority

Mar 27, 2020

Gov. Kevin Stitt has ordered people over 65 or with serious medical conditions to stay home through April and nonessential businesses in counties with reported cases of COVID-19 to close for 21 days.

So, what if they don’t?

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued a clarification Thursday. Violating an executive order can be a misdemeanor, but law enforcement officers will primarily try to talk people into compliance.

"What we are calling on more than anything, is for Oklahomans to be good citizens, good neighbors and comply with the governor’s executive order, as well as the ordinances of local governments, to protect one another from this deadly illness," Hunter said in a statement.

It will be up to officers’ discretion who does or does not need to be arrested.