Norman Mayor Breea Clark signed an order Monday night prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people, as well as closing bars, entertainment venues, restaurant dining rooms and gyms.
According to the order, which will become effective March 18 at 8 p.m., any gatherings of more than 50 people within the city of Norman's jurisdiction will be prohibited. Additionally, gyms, entertainment venues and bars will be asked to close entirely. Restaurant dining rooms will be forced to close as well, but pick-up and delivery options are encouraged, according to the order.
This was a very tough call, but considering the guidance from the CDC/my Council, best interests & safety of our residents, and science, it’s the right one. We will get through this. The sooner we get ahead of #Covid_19, the sooner that time will come. #localgov #oklahoma pic.twitter.com/FCTmHhVvS2— Mayor Breea Clark (@clarkfornorman) March 17, 2020
The decision is one lawmakers in cities around the country are beginning to make in the face of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The issue hit close to home for Normanites recently, as the University of Oklahoma announced an individual on the Norman campus had tested positive for coronavirus.
The order is set to expire on April 3 unless extended by Clark.