The Oklahoma Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and the Greater OKC Chamber, is compiling and verifying manufacturers which produce personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies, in addition to traditional medical supply companies, to be included in a directory.
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 Opening Up America Again plan as of May 1.
More than 600 applicants have sought financial assistance through the program.
As the shelter-in-place order is lifted and the City enters the first phase of re-entry 67% of business proprietors said employee fear is the biggest barrier they’ll have to overcome as they move back to normal operation. The second most-pressing concern is a lack of coronavirus testing and screening, followed by a lack of hand sanitizer and a concern for legal liability.
The Oklahoma City Utilities Department is advising businesses whose facilities have remained closed during the City’s “shelter in place” order to flush all building water lines before re-opening, especially restaurants..
This version of the survey included questions looking out toward the reopening of businesses in the coming weeks and the barriers businesses see in that process.
Recent ground-breaking discoveries made by Oklahoma City-based researchers have continued to help the city grow into a major player in the bioscience and technology marketplace.
"It is such a surprise to come back and see all the different restaurants and boutique shops and all the businesses that had popped up. And I think the Chamber was obviously a huge part of that, but it just was a nice surprise, because it's not what I was expecting to come back to."