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Oklahoma Reopening Checklist

Effectively implement safety measures with reopening checklists to protect the employees and citizens of Oklahoma

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Published October 20th, 2020

Oklahoma amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

The state of Oklahoma moved to Phase 3 of their reopening on June 1st, allowing all businesses to reopen under strict safety guidelines. Business owners are encouraged to consult and follow health and safety protocols from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and guidelines from Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD).

OURS Oklahoma: Reopening in Phases

The Open Up & Recover Safely (OURS) statewide plan is Oklahoma’s three-step approach to reopening businesses and jumpstarting their economy. OURS Oklahoma intends to mitigate the risk of further COVID-19 transmissions by providing businesses and individuals with proper guidance from health authorities. It encourages the citizens of Oklahoma to:

  • stay at home as much possible and notify doctors if unwell;
  • adhere to state and local guidance as well as CDC guidance regarding social distancing;
  • observe proper hand washing hygiene;
  • wear face coverings in public and when commuting; and
  • cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection of high-touch items and surfaces

Oklahoman business owners are also expected to:

  • develop policies for temperature checks, sanitation, use and disinfection of common areas, and business travel;
  • monitor employees for COVID-19 symptoms;
  • develop and implement policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing following COVID-19 testing; and
  • implement appropriate policies for social distancing and PPE

Phase 1

Coming from the Safer at Home protocol, Phase 1 modifies restrictions to slowly restart Oklahoma’s economy. Beginning April 24th, personal care businesses were allowed to reopen for appointments under strict sanitation and social distancing protocols. State parks, outdoor recreational facilities, retail stores, and other essential businesses were also allowed to reopen.

On May 1st, the second part of Phase 1 commenced which allowed additional business types like restaurant dining, entertainment, movie theaters, sporting venues, and gyms to operate under social distancing and sanitation protocols from CDC. Places of worship may also reopen for in-person meetings or worship. Tattoo parlors can also reopen on a strict “by-appointment” model.

Phase 2

Beginning May 15th, the state started allowing the following businesses to reopen under social distancing and sanitation protocols:

  • Organized sports activities
  • Bars (with diminished standing-room occupancy)
  • Funerals and weddings
  • Children’s nursery areas

Phase 3

On June 1st, Oklahoma entered Phase 3. The majority of businesses are now allowed to accommodate walk-in customers and resume unrestricted staffing. The limit on group sizes in public have been lifted, but event organizers or local officials should still implement social distancing protocols. All businesses and individuals are expected to continue cleaning and disinfecting practices as recommended by CDC guidelines to prevent transmissions.

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Oklahoma Reopening Guidance

The state of Oklahoma provides general guidelines for different industries to help offices and business owners establish safety protocols against COVID-19. The state encourages business owners to develop, implement, and maintain health and safety protocols and follow best practices applicable to their specific industry.

Reopening Checklists for Businesses in Oklahoma

Safety measures against COVID-19 are only effective if they are implemented and regularly monitored.

To help Oklahomans, iAuditor by SafetyCulture offers free resources such as digital reopening plan templates and checklists that can be used to implement and manage COVID-19 safety protocols at work. Protect your employees and customers with the help of a versatile mobile app you can download for free.

Disclaimer: Please note that these checklists are hypothetical examples and provide basic information only. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.


Jai Andales

SafetyCulture staff writer

Jai is a content writer for SafetyCulture based in Manila. She has been writing well-researched articles about health and safety topics since 2018. She is passionate about empowering businesses to utilize technology in building a culture of safety and quality.