Jenks Mayor orders bars, gyms to close, restaurants to only do take-out

Jenks Mayor orders bars, gyms to close, restaurants to only do take-out

Jenks Mayor Robert Lee issued an Emergency Proclamation Friday ordering all bars and gyms to close their doors and restaurants to shift to take-out or curbside service only.

The Emergency Proclamation goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

This proclamation comes two days after the Jenks City Council approved an ordinance only allowing those businesses to have 10 patrons at any one time. The ordinance also said the Mayor would have authority to make necessary changes if the COVID-19 virus situation were to worsen.

According to a news release the City of Jenks put out Friday, the Mayor received more information on the Coronavirus that included further evidence of community spread. Lee consulted the City Council members and the decision was made to issue the proclamation.

Jenks Mayor Robert Lee ordered bars and gyms to close with this Emergency Proclamation. Lee also ordered restaurants to do take-out or curbside service only for the time being.

The news release also stated, “As much as city leadership and City Council value and support Jenks businesses, the risk of COVID-19 spread in our community is too great. We must keep our community’s safety our priority. This decision was not made lightly. Please support Jenks businesses during this time by utilizing their modified services.”

There is no timetable for the duration of the Emergency Proclamation. Other notable cities to issue the same level of order are Tulsa and Broken Arrow.

Stay up to date with the Jenks Tribune for more information on this issue and how COVID-19 is affecting the Jenks community.

Kyle Salomon

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