Citing a low proportion of active cases in the state, increased testing and declining positive rates, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday the state will move to the next phase of his Open Up and Recover Safely plan on Monday as planned.
"We are making responsible decisions based on the data in our state. While cases continue to decline 36 days into our reopening, it is important Oklahomans remember COVID-19 is still in the United States and we must continue to be diligent about washing our hands frequently, maintaining physical distance and protecting our most vulnerable populations," Stitt said in a statement.
In phase three of the plan, businesses may resume unrestricted staffing at worksites if they observe social distancing protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's recommended they continue increased cleaning and disinfecting practices.
Individuals should limit their time spent in crowded environments and continue following social distancing guidelines.
Summer camps are allowed to open provided they follow safety guidelines. Businesses that had been operating by appointment only may begin accepting walk-in clients. Limited visitation to hospitals may be reinstated at the discretion of the facility.
With COVID-19's impact on the elderly and immunocompromised, visitation at nursing homes and long-term care facilities will remain suspended except for end-of-life situations until lifted by a future executive order.
Industry-specific reopening guidelines are available through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.