Coronavirus: Police won’t pull you over for leaving your home

Coronavirus: clearing up essential and non-essential rumors

TULSA, Okla. — As vulnerable populations are asked to stay home, and non-essential businesses close, many people are wondering what enforcement looks like for individuals.

Tulsa police say they will not be stopping people and asking where they are going or ordering them to stay inside. There is no ordinance or rule in the state requiring them to do so.

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Some companies have provided paperwork for employees identifying them as essential employees, but police say there is no need to carry that. They won’t be asking people to present it or prove where they’re going.

Officers will enforce business closures, but people do not need to be fearful leaving the house.

Tulsa police say they have responded to some bars and restaurants staying open, but have not issued any citations or arrests. They will council and advise the business, but will take a stronger approach if needed.

Tulsa police want to put a stop to those "essential worker papers" rumors.

Posted by FOX23 News on Friday, March 27, 2020