Stitt Broadens Definition of Essential Businesses after Closures Take Effect

Mar 26, 2020

Credit U.S. Air Force

A day after ordering nonessential businesses closed in counties with cases of COVID-19, Gov. Kevin Stitt broadened his list of those considered essential.

The list still starts with federally designated critical infrastructure sectors and in some cases reiterates those, but it now includes all licensed companies in the medical marijuana supply chain rather than just dispensaries.

It also specifies hardware stores, pet stores, liquor stores, car dealerships, dry cleaners and tag agencies can stay open, and trade workers and those with primarily outdoor jobs related to home maintenance and repair can continue working.

Businesses can also apply for an exemption to Stitt's order online through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.