The Mayor has declared a REVISED state of emergency in regards to the COVID-19 virus. View the Declaration on business guidelines for reopening.

Updated State of Emergency Proclamation (Phase 2)

Posted on May 28, 2020


The Mayor of Warr Acres has issued a revised proclamation during this state of emergency. The revision is effective May 15th, 2020,

The City of Warr Acres is following guidance from the Oklahoma City, County Health Department (OCCHD) and our sister city; Oklahoma City and issuing the following rules for entering into phase two of the Corona Virus emergency orders:

1. No persons over the age of 65 should use fitness centers.

2. If an employee chooses to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) due to potential hazards involved in their place of employment, then per OSHA requirements, the business must assess the occupational hazards and should allow the employee to wear PPE while on duty so long as it does not interfere with the essential functions of their job. Enforcement of this provision will be through the mechanisms provided by OSHA.

3. All restaurants, breweries, wineries, taverns, cafeterias, bars, night clubs, hookah bars, cigar bars, vaping lounges and any other food service are required to maintain at least the following standards:

a. Employees’ temperatures should be checked each day either by the employee or their employer and employees with a temperature above 100.4 °F should not be at the facility;

b. All servers and staff interacting with customers must wear facial masks or coverings unless staff is behind a barrier such as Plexiglas;

c. All tables must be at least six (6) feet apart;

d. All menus shall be single use or capable of being sanitized using antimicrobial disinfectants after each use;

e. All condiment bottles must be sanitized after each table change, or condiments must be served in a single use packet, disposable container, or washable dish;

f. Service at buffets and salad bars must be provided by an employee only;

g. Tables, chairs, and objects used to complete purchases must be sanitized using antimicrobial disinfectants after each use;

h. Standing room only patios shall be limited to 50% of total patio occupancy capacity.

4. All athletic gyms, recreation centers, exercise facilities, indoor sports facilities, and similar recreational facilities must maintain strict social distancing, CDC protocols for sanitizing, and comply with at least the following standards:

a. Employees’ temperatures should be checked each day either by the employee or their employer and employees with a temperature above 100.4 °F should not be at the facility;

b. Employees that have contact with the public must wear face masks or coverings unless staff is behind a barrier such as Plexiglas;

c. Surfaces such as doorknobs, gates, counters, and other items that are high-touch must be regularly cleaned and sanitized using antimicrobial disinfectants;

d. Locker rooms and bathrooms must be regularly cleaned and sanitized using antimicrobial disinfectants, particularly high-touch surfaces, and ensure they have handwashing supplies;

e. Ensure that access to handwashing/hand sanitizing facilities and supplies are available for employees and customers; and

f. Rental equipment and shared equipment must be cleaned and sanitized by the customer or an employee between each use using antimicrobial disinfectants.

g. All food service must comply with the requirements of subsection 3.

5. Businesses where persons gather for presentation or entertainment, bingo halls, sporting venues, places of worship, wedding venues, event venues, and funeral homes. These facilities must maintain strict social distancing, CDC protocols for sanitizing, and comply with at least the following standards:

a. Employees’ temperatures should be checked each day either by the employee or their employer and employees with a temperature above 100.4 °F should not be at the facility;

b. Offer seating in a staggered manner. This means at least two (2) seats between customer groups in the same row and the closure of every other row. If using moveable seating then seating must be spaced to accomplish the same spacing as above;

c. All food service must comply with the requirements of subsection 3.

6. Personal care businesses may operate by appointment only and must follow CDC protocols for sanitizing, and comply with at least the following standards:

a. Employees’ temperatures should be checked each day either by the employee or their employer and employees with a temperature above 100.4 °F should not be at the facility;

b. Employees at these facilities must use facial masks or coverings and all customers who do not have their own masks must be offered disposable facial masks; and

c. All chairs and tools must be sanitized between customers using antimicrobial disinfectants; and

d. While receiving services, customers shall remain at least six (6) feet apart.

“Personal care” businesses include salons (hair and nail), barber shops, cosmetology facilities, esthetician facilities, laser hair removal facilities, spas, massage facilities, tattoo parlors, and piercing facilities.

7. OCCHD developed health guidelines which every business in the City of Warr Acres should consult for further best practices beyond those requirements listed here. That document is available at www.occhd.org.

8. Except special event permits and revocable permits, all licenses, permits, and certificates previously issued by the City and scheduled to expire while this State of Emergency is in effect shall be deemed to be renewed, provided that the applicable fees are paid and necessary inspections and approvals, if any, are satisfactorily completed, within thirty (30) days following the termination of this State of Emergency.

9. Any person, including but not limited to a business owner or employee, not complying with the requirements of this Proclamation shall be subject to fines by the City of Warr Acres Municipal Code.

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS GUIDANCE AS YOU PREPARE AND OPERATE IN PHASE TWO OF BUSINESS RE-OPENING BEGINNING TODAY.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE GONE FROM PHASE ONE TO PHASE TWO, BUT THIS DOES NOT MEAN THE RISK OF DISEASE IS OVER. OUR FOLLOWING OF PROTOCOLS HAVE REDUCED THE RISK TO A MANAGEABLE TOLERANCE. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE CLOSER TO RETURNING TO A NORMAL LIFESTYLE.

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