BREAKING: City Council makes it official, Jenks to begin re-open plan Friday

BREAKING: City Council makes it official, Jenks to begin re-open plan Friday

Jenks City Council approved Phase I re-opening of the city Monday in a special City Council meeting.

The vote carried 7-0.

At the order of Governor Kevin Stitt, the State of Oklahoma officially began its re-opening process April 24.

Phase I for the City of Jenks will consist of most businesses opening with strict social distancing guidelines in place.

Notable businesses that will not be allowed to reopen will be bars. However, if the establishment also sells food, they are considered a restaurant.

“We want to emphasize this does not mean we are in the clear,” Lee said. “We strongly encourage people to stay in as much as possible and to follow the social distancing guidelines. They are put in place to keep people safe. We know that there will be a bounce in the numbers once we begin to re-open, so it is imperative that we all be smart and practice social distancing when you leave your home.”

Here is a list of businesses that will be allowed to be open in the state’s Phase I:

•     Personal care businesses, such as hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons, and pet groomers can reopen for appointments only, must adhere to sanitation protocols, and follow guidelines posted on the Oklahoma Department of Commerce website regarding social distancing between customers and visitors at personal care businesses.

•     State parks and outdoor recreation should be reopened

•     Grocery stores should continue to maintain hours for vulnerable populations

“We’re working on finding the right balance between opening the city while not overwhelming our local hospitals,” Lee said. “Our community has been successful in slowing the rate of infection, so we’re dipping our toe in the pool with this first phase.”

Kyle Salomon

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