Two weeks ago.
Two weeks ago.
A lot of us now realize barbershops and hair salons are not considered “essential” businesses. Last week I did a shelter in place buzz cut.
I am back in my home office learning and sharing about shelter in place. Yesterday my son helped me cut my hair. He’s been cutting his own hair since medical school. As the doctor inspected my work he said,
“You missed a few spots.”
So he finished up what I started.
Today I researched “essential” businesses.
Barbershops are not considered “essential”
I expected this hence the shelter in place buzz cut.
Yes, it’s real short. Top view.
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.
The few small businesses that aren’t bankrupted by quarantines and lock downs will be destroyed by Washington’s Covid-19 legislation.
Remember that the concept and practice of social distancing isn’t about avoiding everything. Small businesses in your community need your patronage now more than ever. STAT news reported the following on the shelter in place order in effect in San Francisco:
“The order allows residents to leave their homes for limited purposes, such as to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy, or to go for a solitary walk or run. It also allows people to leave their homes to care for a family member or a vulnerable person in another household. People who live outside the affected counties will also be able to leave to return to their homes.”
Here’s an informative article from NPR – It’s Time To Get Serious About Social Distancing. Here’s How
It’s sad to see how many people are unable to assess risk. Do pay attention to community spread in your specific location. Follow virus statistics in your state and adjust your behavior accordingly. At the present time I am personally behaving as if a shelter in place order has been issued. Please do the same and stay safe.
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Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-03-17 at 08:15: AM.