What does “Shelter in Place” mean?

The following advice is from from the OKC government website.

What does “Shelter in Place” mean?

The “Shelter in Place” emergency order is effective from 11:59 p.m. Saturday, March 28 through April 16.

In general, it’s simple:

Stay home. Exceptions are below on this list.

  • You can shop for groceries, medicine, gas, repairs, and other essential goods and services. “Shelter in Place” emergency order is effective from 11:59 p.m. Saturday, March 28 through April 16.
  • You can go to a restaurant for takeout or drive-thru service.
  • You can go to the doctor and take care of other essential needs.
  • You can exercise outside, including on sidewalks, trails and in public parks. You can enjoy outdoor activities like long walks, bike rides and fishing. Green spaces in parks are open. But all playgrounds are closed. City-owned golf courses, fitness courts, dog parks, recreation center and sport courts (basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc.) are closed.
  • You can go to work in an essential job. You can also do business with someone working in an essential job. Those jobs are defined by the State of Oklahoma, using a federal list and one provided by the Governor. Find out more at okcommerce.gov/covid19.
  • You can drive, bike, walk and take transit. You don’t need special ID or a permit. Police aren’t asking people to prove why they’re outside their home.
  • You can work from home if you work in a job defined by the State as non-essential. You can also work with someone doing a non-essential job from home. Even if it’s an essential job, employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home if possible.
  • Staff are allowed on site even at closed non-essential businesses for basic tasks like maintenance and security.
  • You can check on someone in need.
  • You can donate at blood drives, volunteer at food banks and participate in other disaster response activities.
  • Staff can be at faith-based sites to record or broadcast services.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others, for your safety and theirs.
  • Wash your hands before you leave your house, and as soon as you get home.
  • You can call 911 if you have specific information about someone violating the order. Police may investigate. Officers will ask for voluntary compliance, but may use discretion to issue citations if necessary.

A violation of the City proclamation’s terms would be a class “b” misdemeanor under City Code, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $750.

Visit covid19.okc.gov for the latest local news, updates and guidance on COVID-19.

Remember that all of this IS NOT ABOUT YOU!  Please stay at home except for essential trips as defined above.  And if you are a #Covidiot the least you can do is stay off of social media with your uninformed opinions and conspiracy theories.

This is real.

3 thoughts on “What does “Shelter in Place” mean?

  1. I sure wish our state were doing this. I’m doing it myself, but unless everybody else is practicing the same principles the spread of this won’t be slowed down.

    One doctor on TV, and I’m not sure which one it was said something to the effect, stop thinking that you’re protecting yourself from other people so you won’t catch the virus. Instead act as though you yourself have the virus and are protecting other people. Because in fact you may very well have the virus and just not know it.

    • My lovely wife and I have been practicing shelter in place for about a week or longer. Due to privacy issues I won’t disclose the reason (but I’m sure you’ll guess why). FINALLY we took a trip to the east side of the state to spend some time with #1 and his family. Our #2 granddaughter was born March 12 and we decided to go for a visit before the official shelter in place decree was announced. I too wish Florida would do what’s necessary but I lack confidence in your Governor.

      • I’m glad you got to take a little trip and meet your number two granddaughter. I haven’t a clue as to why you’ve been practicing a shelter in place for over a week and it’s none of my business. I so wish our governor we’re doing more. I have not liked him from day one, even though he is a fellow Naval Officer. He has finally put some measures in place to stem the tide of people pouring into Florida. But he’s concentrating on travelers from Louisiana, rather than from the northeast. He is a suck up to trump.

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