Reopening Oklahoma: What are Phases 2 and 3?

Reopening Oklahoma: What are Phases 2 and 3?
Gov. Stitt stands by decision to reopen the state

TULSA, Okla. — Phase 1 is underway in Oklahoma as businesses begin to open as a part of the plan to reopen Oklahoma.

Gov. Kevin Stitt began Phase 1 of his plan to reopen the state on April 24 with the opening of personal care businesses like hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons, and pet groomers.

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The first phase entered its second leg on May 1 when more businesses were allowed to open: Dining, entertainment, movie theatres, gyms, and more.

What’s next?

Phase 2 of Stitt’s plan is scheduled to get underway May 15 -- acknowledging the timing could change depending on the progress of Phase 1.

Phase 3 would begin June 1 -- assuming Phase 2 goes as planned.

Here’s what each phase of the state’s plan would change:

Phase 2

May 15- Once hospital and incident rates remain at a manageable level for 14 more days, the following phase will apply:

Individual guidance:

  • Continue following safer-at-home guidelines if they are over 65 or part of a vulnerable population
  • Maintain social distancing from others when in public
  • Avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for appropriate social distancing
  • Consider resuming non-essential travel

Employer guidance:

  • Close common areas or enforce social distancing and sanitation protocols
  • Honor requests of personnel who are members of a vulnerable population for special accommodations
  • Employers are recommended to implement social distancing protocols, which include proper sanitation and use of protective equipment when interacting with the public

Specific Employer guidance:

  • Organized sports activities can reopen and operate under proper social distancing and sanitation protocols
  • Visits to Senior Care Facilities and Hospitals should still be prohibited
  • Bars can operate with diminished standing-room occupancy, where applicable and appropriate, and under social distancing and sanitation protocols
  • Funerals and weddings can resume under social distancing protocols
  • Children’s nursery areas in places of worship can reopen

Phase 3

June 1- Once hospital and incident rates remain at a manageable level statewide for 14 more days Phase 3 will apply, which will allow for further public interaction. Further details for Phase 3 will be provided once the state enters Phase 2, but the recommendations below are a starting point for planning purposes.

Employer guidance:

  • Can resume unrestricted staffing of worksites

Specific Employer guidance:

  • Summer camps (church and school) can open
  • Visits to Senior Care Facilities and Hospitals should still be prohibited