Stitt Issues New Executive Orders But Eschews Additional Restrictions in State COVID-19 Response

Mar 17, 2020

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt issued two additional executive orders on Tuesday as part of the state’s response to COVID-19.

Neither places additional restrictions on businesses or individuals.

One executive order encourages people to follow current federal guidance, like avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, practicing good hygiene and handwashing, avoiding nonessential travel and shopping, and not eating out unless it’s a takeout order.

"And I think that will make a difference. And we have to balance between forcing private businesses to do things and public health and following the guidance," Stitt said.

Mayors in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Norman and Stillwater on Tuesday ordered bars and entertainment venues to close and restaurants to move to takeout or delivery only.

Stitt's other executive order directs hospitals to report data on patients, available beds and test kits to the Oklahoma State Department of Health daily. It also allows for the issuance of temporary licenses to out-of-state doctors and relaxes regulations on telemedicine and trucking.