(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / March 30, 2020) — Beginning today at 11:59 p.m., the City of Stillwater has issued a Shelter in Place order, which requires residents to stay home and only leave for essential activities or business. Additionally, public access to the Stillwater Municipal Building (723 S. Lewis St.) will be restricted and park equipment will be closed.
The order amends previous emergency proclamations related to the COVID-19 virus, and remains in effect until through April 16—but could be extended.
“The City is going all-in to fight the spread of this virus,” City Manager Norman McNickle said. “This order enables us to enforce the notion that residents should be staying at home and stress the importance of a community effort to stop the spread of this virus.”
What does Shelter in Place mean?
“We’d like to stress that while police will not be stopping residents for leaving their homes nor asking for permits or letters, the City is taking the situation very seriously in order to protect the community,” McNickle said. “Police are taking every step to use education and warning before issuing a fine; however the order allows up to a $500 fine for violation.”
Restricted access to City Hall
The Stillwater Municipal Building (City Hall) will be closed to the general public with a few exceptions. Those who must visit for a cash payment, permit, or to pay a fine will be buzzed in through the police department lobby. Residents who buzz in may be asked questions about illness symptoms or reason for business. The City strongly encourages residents to pay bills or fines online or by phone. For questions and more information, call 405.372.0025.
Advantages under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
President Trump’s recently passed act provides advantages to residents, employees and business owners. Some advantages include free testing, paid sick leave under certain conditions, unemployment aid, nutrition assistance and more. Learn about this act at https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201
The City regularly updates its Coronavirus Information Center at http://stillwater.org/page/breaking-news. Find answers to common questions, see the emergency proclamations, and find reliable information as it pertains to the Stillwater Community and COVID-19 here.
See and download the signed proclamation here.
(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / March 30, 2020) — Today the City Stillwater ordered residents to Shelter in Place, which requires residents to stay home and only leave for essential activities or business until at least April 16. But how is this any different than the City’s previous emergency proclamations? The answer includes the unlocking of federal benefits and the ability to enforce COVID-19 measures. See below for details.
Shelter in Place order unlocks federal benefits
On March 27, U.S. Congress passed an act that provides advantages to residents, employees and business owners— known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Stillwater’s Shelter in Place order allows residents and business owners to access the benefits of this act. Some advantages include free testing, paid sick leave under certain conditions, unemployment aid, nutrition assistance and more. To learn about eligibility and the act’s provisions, go to https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201 or https://ogletree.com/insights/the-families-first-coronavirus-response-act-faqs-the-fmla-amendments-and-paid-sick-leave-requirements-of-the-new-law/.
Enforcement of COVID-19 measures
While police will not be stopping those who are out or asking for proof of business, this order allows the City to enforce COVID-19 precautions for those who simply refuse to comply with the emergency declarations and place others at risk. Residents may call the police non-emergency line at 405.372.4171 if they have information about individuals violating the order. Police are taking every step to use education and warning before issuing a fine; however, a penalty of up to $500 per violation may be issued.
The City strongly encourages its residents to take all precautions as they pertain to COVID-19, and thanks the Stillwater community for its flexibility and adherence to guidelines during this time.
Find answers to common questions, see the emergency proclamations, and browse reliable city, state and local information here: http://stillwater.org/page/breaking-news.
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