Phase I of re-opening could come soon for Jenks

Phase I of re-opening could come soon for Jenks

Last week, the City of Jenks extended its “Shelter In Place” order through May 8, but left potential for an earlier opening if circumstances allowed for one.

That possibility looks to be more promising by the day. Monday, the City Council met again virtually and one of the items discussed was the COVID-19 pandemic.

City Manager Chris Shrout said Monday during the meeting that he has spoken with the Jenks Police and Fire Chiefs, Assistant City Manager, City Attorney and Communications Director and sifted through President Donald Trump’s “phased-in” approach to re-opening the country.

Shrout said that according to the President’s plan, communities that have reached their peak can open back up two weeks later.

As of Tuesday, Tulsa County peaked April 3 with 45 new cases of the Coronavirus. The Tulsa Health Department predicted this week would be the peak for the county, but with the numbers of new cases being so low through the first part of the week, Shrout said he is optimistic the numbers won’t shoot up above 45 by the end of the week.

If the peak remains 45 on April 3, Shrout is “tentatively” planning on having a special City Council meeting early next week to approve the “phased-in” approach to re-opening the City of Jenks to the public.

Jenks Fire Chief Greg Ostrum said the Phase I opening will be a light opening with heavy restrictions still in place. There will be groups of no more than 10 people allowed to attend dine-in restaurants, entertainment venues, retail stores and fitness centers and social distancing must be practiced.

In the Phase I plan, bars will still not be allowed to be open to the public. Each phase in the re-open plan will last at least two weeks depending on how the COVID-19 case numbers are tracking.

Those 65 and older will still be asked to stay home and practice the “Shelter In Place” policy. Shrout concluded the topic by saying the City of Jenks would like to be aligned with Governor Kevin Stitt and the State of Oklahoma in their re-open policies.

The Jenks Tribune will continue to update this situation as it evolves.

Kyle Salomon

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