OKC VeloCity | OCCHD Phase 1 guidelines for reopening are in effect

OCCHD Phase 1 guidelines for reopening are in effect

By Chamber Staff / Economy / May 1, 2020

Businesses should be aware of the guidelines provided by the Oklahoma City-County Health Department when considering re-opening as our community enters "Phase 1" of the White House's Guidelines for Opening Up America Again plan as of May 1.

For Phase 1, businesses should:

  • Take extreme precautions
  • Provide accommodations to high-risk employees:
    • Minimize face-to-face contact
    • Assign tasks that allow them to maintain a 6-foot distance from other employees or customers
    • Implement flexible work hours or staggered shifts
    • Allow high-risk individuals to work remotely 
  • Employees and volunteers should operate remotely if possible
  • Symptom checking in business interactions
  • Face coverings worn; ensure that face coverings are available
  • Group gatherings limited to 10 or less
  • Workplaces comply with distancing and hygiene guidelines
  • Minimize face-to-face interactions, including with customers (e.g. utilize drive-thru, install partitions)
  • Where distancing and hygiene guidelines cannot be followed in full, businesses should consider whether that activity needs to continue for the business to operate
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel and cancel in-person meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions
  • Require employees to self-quarantine when returning from high-risk areas
  • Employers should evaluate workforce strategy and concerns and enact strategies to minimize economic impact
  • Meetings and gatherings:
    • Carefully consider whether travel is necessary. Consider using videoconferencing or teleconferencing when possible for work-related meetings and gatherings
    • Consider canceling, adjusting or postponing large work-related meetings or gatherings that can only occur in-person
    • When videoconferencing or teleconferencing is not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces

See these guidelines in graphic form and those for the other two phases here.

Mayor Holt also issued a proclamation on April 29 detailing some additional requirements for some businesses. Some of these include restaurants, bars with on-premises food service, breweries, wineries, taverns, shopping mall food courts, food halls, cafeterias and such; personal care services like hair/nail salons, barber shops, etc.; gyms and other athletic facilities; entertainment facilities and places of worship.

Read the media release on okc.gov with more detail on requirements for each category and links to more info, and read the original proclamation here.

White House and State of Oklahoma guidelines for Phase 1 require it to last at least two weeks.

According to the OCCHD's website, "Mayor Holt intends to continue listening to criteria defined by the White House as he gauges Oklahoma City’s readiness for a new phase, will continue to listen to local public health officials, and will stay in touch with the Governor and state public health officials.

To see the State of Oklahoma’s plans for this new phase, known as the OURS Plan, visit okcommerce.gov/covid19."


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