Oklahoma began implementing a three-phased approach to reopening Oklahoma’s economy starting April 24, 2020. This statewide plan is:
- Based on scientific modeling from public health experts
- Intended to mitigate risk of resurgence
- Intended to protect Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens from the threat of COVID-19
- Intended for businesses and individuals to utilize in conjunction with guidance from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Phase 3 Details
Oklahoma is currently in Phase 3, which began June 1, 2020.
- Hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons, tattoo parlors, body piercing shops, pet groomers, and similar businesses may now accept walk-ins.
- Overnight summer camps may now resume. See guidance documentation.
- There are no limits to group sizes, provided businesses, event organizers and local officials consider social distancing.
- Businesses may resume unrestricted staffing at worksites.
Retail and other essential businesses and organizations should follow general CDC guidelines. Specific businesses and organizations are advised to follow guidance for social distancing and sanitation.
Common Questions & Answers
Find answers to common questions about the OURS reopening plan and industry and organization guidelines.
Professional License Extension
All professional licenses extended during any previous Executive Order now expire 60 days from November 16, 2020.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Needs
Businesses opening back up can find suppliers of personal protective equipment and other COVID-related supplies in our PPE Source Directory.
Oklahoma companies that manufacture or supply PPE and other needed supplies can fill out the form on the Commerce PPE webpage to be considered for inclusion.
OURS Plan Updates to Essential Industries
All essential businesses are covered by the Governor’s Oklahoma Executive Order 2020-13- Third Amendment and are allowed to operate. See the Essential Industry List for a guide to essential businesses, which includes retail.
As the Governor’s Office reopens additional industries, businesses should consult the OURS plan guidelines (above) whether they have been operating as essential or are now reopening.
Additional steps to reopen the economy will depend on how well businesses implement safety measures and the continued spread of cases within Oklahoma.
Continue to consult your local authorities for additional restrictions or guidelines from cities and towns.
Essential Business Guidance
Follow the steps below to determine whether your business is considered essential. Business owners self-determine their status by following the guidance of the Executive Order and Memorandum. No certification or documentation from the Department of Commerce is required or provided.
Essential Industry Information
Review the Executive Order and Memorandum to determine if your business qualifies as part of an essential industry.
Additional clarification is available in the Oklahoma Essential Industries List with NAICS codes and business descriptions.
Essential Business Concerns
If you are concerned that a business is operating unsafely or failing to comply with the Executive Order or a local order, contact your local authorities.