The City of Guthrie has followed the lead of several Oklahoma cities by implementing a Shelter in Place ordinance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City took it a step further by mandating cloth face masks when going out in public.
With a unanimous vote by the city council on Monday afternoon, including the emergency clause, the ordinance will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday and go through May 5.
Residents living within the city limits are required to shelter in place at their residence. Residents may leave their residents for essential activities or to operate essential business activities.
For the complete list of essential activities and essential business please see below in this article.
While its a recommendation of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), City officials are now requiring cloth face coverings when going out in public to get ahead of the curve. City officials say do not buy medical masks as they are needed for medical teams.
Guthrie is believed the first city in Oklahoma to make face coverings mandatory.
The ordinance states the masks are primarily to protect you from accidentally infecting others.
Essential Activities and/or Essential Work
Within the city limits of the City of Guthrie all individuals shall wear a cloth face covering when making a public outing for Essential Activities and/or Essential Work.
“Essential Activities” shall include:
- to engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family, household members, or pets (for example, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, obtaining supplies needed to work from home, or perform property maintenance);
- to obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves, family, household members, or pets or to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food and beverage, pet supply, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
- to engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals, except household members, shall follow social distancing and group size guidelines issued by the CDC (for example, walking, biking, hiking, or running);
- to perform work at an Essential Business;
- to care for or transport a family member or pet in another household;
- to move to another residence either in or outside the limits of the City of Guthrie; and
- to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Ordinance.
- “Essential Businesses” shall mean those businesses identified by the Governor of the State of Oklahoma, or his designee, as critical infrastructure sectors, including critical government workers as defined by the government employer.