May 14, 2020 UPDATE to City of Glenpool Response to COVID-19
As Phase 2 of the Governor’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan begins tomorrow, May 15th, the following business can reopen under social distancing and sanitation protocols:
> Organized sports activities
> Funerals and weddings
> Church nurseries
All nursing home facilities will remain closed until Phase 3 of the reopening plan. We encourage those individuals who are over 65 or are part of a vulnerable population to continue following safer-at-home guidelines.
>> The Conference Center opens tomorrow, May 15th, with no groups larger than 50 allowed to use the facility in Phase 2.
>> City Hall will be open to the public on Monday, May 18th.
>> The Utility Billing Department drive-through will reopen on Monday, May 18th, but the lobby will remain closed to the public due to the lack of space to social distance. Online payment fees will continue to be waived during this time.
>> All park facilities, except the splash pad, will reopen on Monday, May 18th. Please refrain from gathering in groups larger than 50 and continue to practice social distancing. While there is not a time frame for the splash pad reopening at this time, staff continues to review the risks with the anticipation of opening sometime this summer. Park attendees are encouraged to practice good hygiene and to plan accordingly when using the playground equipment or other park amenities.
>> Both the Morris Park Baseball Fields and the Urban Green Soccer Complex will reopen on Friday, May 15th.
May 1, 2020 - UPDATE to City of Glenpool Response to COVID-19
We continue to review our plans in light of the current COVID-19 statistics and the Governor’s OURS plan. As we work towards a safe reopening of Glenpool, we want to share some important information.
>> Phase I begins today and the following businesses may reopen:
>>>> Dining, entertainment, movie theaters, sporting venues, and gyms can operate using CDC recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols.
>>>> Places of worship can reopen for in-person meetings or worship if they leave every other row or pew open and adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols, plus the recommended guidelines from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
>>>> Tattoo Parlors can reopen for appointments only and must adhere to sanitation protocols and social distancing protocols for distancing between customers and visitors.
>> Our green spaces in our parks are open, but our playgrounds, skatepark, sports courts, and sports fields will remain closed until Phase 2 of the OURS plan. When our fields do open, currently planned for May 18th, sports leagues will be required to comply with the no gatherings larger than 50 people rule.
>> The splash pad will remain closed indefinitely, but we continue to monitor the situation and are actively evaluating the risk.
>> The Conference Center will stay closed to the public until Friday, May 15th and then will open for Phase 2 with no groups larger than 50 allowed to use the facility.
>> Bars should remain closed.
All of these dates and guidelines are subject to change should we see a shift in the virus trends.
April 23, 2020 - UPDATE to City of Glenpool Response to COVID-19
Glenpool Mayor Tim Fox, together with City Manager David Tillotson, announced today that Glenpool will follow the plans outlined in the Governor’s Open Up and Recover Safety Plan, with these changes taking effect April 24, 2020 at 12:01 am. Read full Proclamation
> Personal Care businesses may open Friday, April 24th pursuant to the guidelines contained in the “Open Up and Recover Safely Plan” — this category of businesses includes nail and hair salons, barber shops, and pet groomers. Guidelines specify that these businesses will operate by appointment only and will follow strict social distancing and sanitation protocols as outlined here: https://www.okcommerce.gov/wp-content/uploads/Hair-Nail-Salon-and-Barbershop-Guidance.pdf
> To the greatest extent possible, all businesses shall comply with social distancing requirements, using the most current Center for Disease Control (CDC) and/or Tulsa Heath Department recommendations, for both employees and the general public.
> The use of any playground equipment within City Parks is prohibited, even if not locked, gated, fenced, or cordoned off. All neighborhoods with neighborhood-owned playground equipment or shelters are strongly encouraged to comply with guidelines herein for City Parks.
> BlackGold Park Splash Pad is closed and the water will remain turned off until further notice.
> When outside of your home, you should continue to comply with social distancing requirements, using the most current Center for Disease Control (CDC) and/or Tulsa Heath Department recommendations.
> Additional information on future dates and phases is available in the Governor’s plan: https://www.okcommerce.gov/wp-content/uploads/Open-Up-and-Recover-Safely-Plan.pdf
> It is our intention in Glenpool to follow the Governor’s plan as outlined for future phases of reopening our local economy.
April 9, 2020 - Glenpool #COVID19 Ordinance: Some Clarity
We’ve had many questions and have some comments that are significantly off-base regarding what the current ordinance says and does. Here are some important points:
- Travel to and from work for an essential job
- Engage in activities essential to health and safety, including:
- Obtain medical supplies and medications
- Visit a healthcare professional
Buy groceries, or other products essential to maintain safety, sanitation and essential operation of your residence. This includes getting take-out or delivery from restaurants.
- Obtain supplies needed to work from home
- Perform property maintenance
- Engage in outdoor activity, provided that individuals (except those from the same residence) comply with social distancing; including walking, running, jogging, walking your dogs, biking, etc.
- Care for or transport a family member in another residence.
- Move to another residence inside or outside of the City of Glenpool.
Why did we take this action?
While many communities had ordinances in place to help enforce regulations that are part of the Emergency Declarations by the City Council and the State, Glenpool did not.
- The ordinance giving officers the ability to write tickets does not change any of the regulations stipulated as part of the Emergency Declarations by the City Council, Tulsa County, or the State, and it did not add any new regulations.
- All of the Glenpool regulations are on our webpage https://www.glenpoolonline.com/326/COVID-19-Information and have been shared on the City’s Facebook page.
What do our current regulations require?
- Shelter in place for all residents, with the exceptions noted above under “YOU CAN:”
- Closing of the skate park, splash pad and playgrounds at the City parks.
- Closing of non-essential businesses. We continue to follow the same rules for this order that the State does.
- Social Distancing
What will happen to people who are not following the regulations?
- Officers will not stop individuals solely to ask where they are going.
- We hope we don’t have to write any tickets. Most residents have done a great job of abiding by these regulations, but if citizens refuse to follow an officer’s lawful order or repeatedly violate these regulations, our officers have the ability to write tickets to help keep everyone safe.
- We understand the anxiety that many feel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the regulations that are in place to help save lives. We understand that it is difficult to deal with these changes. We understand that many people have lost their jobs or have been furloughed. We will not be driving around seeking people who are not complying. Our police department will continue to respond to calls for service, but writing tickets will not be our first option.
April 6, 2020 - Glenpool City Council passed ordinance No. 773 on making a misdemeanor offense with a fine of up to $750, to:
1. Violate the executive order of the Governor of Oklahoma pertaining to the current public emergency
2. Violate any rule, regulation or order of the City of Glenpool pertaining to the current public emergency
3. Violate any resolution, proclamation, or order of the Mayor of the City of Glenpool once it has been authorized by the City Council
We know that #SaferAtHome is hard, and we know that business closures and lack of activities in general are both economically and emotionally challenging. We are aware of circumstances such as lines at and crowded around a food truck, and impromptu gatherings of people running together... and want to remind everyone that those actions are prohibited by executive order and now enforceable by ordinance.
Visit the food truck, but maintain 6 feet of distance between each person in line. Go running, but don’t run with people whom you don’t live with. And please...don’t gather at places where there are more than 10 people in the area.
April 2, 2020 - Mayor Tim Fox has amended the Proclamation and Order related to community spread of COVID-19 that has previously been in place to include Safer At Home effective 12pm, April 2, 2020 through April 30, 2020. This amended Proclamation and Order is subject to further change by the City Council at future scheduled, special or emergency meetings.
April 1, 2020 - COVID-19 CITY CHANGES
> Beginning today at noon, we will be closing public access to all city facilities without an appointment.
> The Utility Billing drive through will also be closing today at noon. All payments must be made online, by phone, or be left in the night drop. To start new service, please call 918-322-5442 for further instructions.
> All other services currently available to residents and businesses will resume, although response times may decrease slightly as we continue to adapt to staffing changes implemented as part of our virus response.
> The City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, April 6th will be done through videoconferencing. We will be providing information on our website and Facebook page letting the public know how to participate in the meeting.
April 1, 2020 - In our efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the City of Glenpool has decided to close most of the facilities at city-owned parks, effective today, April 1st. The areas to be closed until further notice include:
• Swing sets
• Basketball courts
• Tennis courts
• Soccer fields
• Baseball fields
• Black Gold Park skate park
• Black Gold splash pad
• Park restrooms
Parks will remain open, but all visitors need to practice social distancing to include leaving six feet of space between park users and no gatherings of more than ten people. We thank the public in advance for your voluntary cooperation.
March 25, 2020 - Yesterday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt issued a new executive order that directly affects businesses in Tulsa County and therefore the City of Glenpool. For the full memorandum, please see https://www.sos.ok.gov/documents/executive/1919.pdf.
While the executive order lists specific businesses, there have been many questions about what is considered essential and non-essential. Department of Homeland Security’s extended document regarding essential workers can be found at https://www.cisa.gov/…/guidance-essential-critical-infrastr….
If you are unsure if your business is considered essential under federal and state guidelines, then you can nominate your business here:
March 24, 2020 Today at 2:00pm, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt issued a new executive order that directly affects businesses in Tulsa County and therefore the City of Glenpool. As part of the continued statewide effort to “flatten the curve” on #COVID19 and to attempt to slow the spread of the virus, the governor has issued a “Safer at Home” order statewide, requesting elderly and any individuals who are immunocompromised or have pre-existing conditions to shelter in their homes, leaving only for essential needs like groceries or prescriptions, until April 30.
Other key provisions of the order include:
- The order closes all non-essential businesses, including hair salons, gyms/fitness clubs, theaters, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, museums, etc. in counties where a confirmed case of COVID-19 exists. That includes Tulsa County, and therefore the City of Glenpool. Restaurants may remain open, but must close their dine-in area, offering instead only curbside pickup and/or delivery.
- Businesses must come into compliance by midnight Wednesday, March 25.
- The Governor’s order also suspends elective surgeries, minor medical procedures, and non-emergency dental procedures beginning March 25 for the next two weeks to preserve medical supplies and PPE for COVID-19 response. The order prohibits gatherings of 10 or more individuals statewide. This is already in alignment with our local emergency order. The order prohibited visitors at hospitals, nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities, and activated the Oklahoma National Guard Regional Training Institute where 19 members of the Guard have been mobilized to observe COVID-19 developments and be ready to take any necessary actions requested by the governor to help communities and hospitals.
Essential versus non-essential businesses: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce The Oklahoma Department of Health is using this guidance to make the determination.
Oklahoma Department of Health website: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov
March 20, 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Mayor Tim Fox has signed a proclamation and order limiting and closing certain commercial businesses in the City of Glenpool. City officials are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Tulsa County Health Department to slow the spread of COVID-19. The proclamation takes effect March 21, 2020 at 10:00 PM. PROCLAMATION AND ORDER LIMITING AND CLOSING CERTAIN COMMERICAL BUSINESSES
March 19, 2020 - As the City of Glenpool continues to seek measures to protect our citizens and employees from potential exposure to COVID-19, we have closed the lobby of the Water Department until April 17th. The online payment fee has been temporarily waived for online bill pay. Please use the online payment portal at CityofGlenpool.com on the Utility page. Payments can also be made by calling the Utility Building at 918-322-5442 or utilizing the drive through at the Utility Building.
March 17, 2020 - COVID-19 EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR CITY OF GLENPOOL
March 17, 2020 - Here’s what you can expect from the City Of Glenpool during this emergency situation:
- How to pay your bills — use online payment portals at CityofGlenpool.com on the Utility page, call in to the Utility Building at 918-322-5442, or utilize the drive through at the Utility Building. For your safety and that of our employees, and to comply with the best practices recommended by the CDC, the lobby of the Utility Building is closed to the public through April 17th.
- Water, sewer and trash service will continue normally.
Court will be closed through April 17th. Payments must be made online at CityOfGlenpool.com on the Municipal Court page or by phone at 918-209-4684.
- Public access is restricted to emergencies only at the Public Safety Building (fire and police stations).
- We will not be turning off water service to citizens in the month of March for non-payment to ensure everyone can follow CDC best practices for hand washing and hygiene.
- City Hall will remain open, but we encourage you to avoid coming into City Hall if possible. We can take payments for permits by phone and most of our permit information is online. Please call 918-322-5409 if you have questions.
- The Senior Center and Conference Center have cancelled all events through April 17th.
Preparation and prevention
- Here’s a guide from the CDC about preparing your household.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home and avoid contact with others when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Try singing "Happy Birthday" twice, because that’s about how long it takes. It’s especially important to wash your hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Healthy people don’t need a face mask for protection from any respiratory disease, including COVID-19. Masks are for people showing COVID-19 symptoms to prevent spreading it to others, and for health workers or others taking care of a sick person in a close setting like a home or health care facility.
- Other states and countries with significant outbreaks have taken steps like closing schools for weeks at a time, and encouraging businesses to close. Make a plan for how you and your family or business would need to adapt to a similar situation if it becomes necessary.
- Be prepared, not scared. Find more information on how to make a plan and build an emergency kit for any emergency at home here. Find information specifically for COVID-19 on how to prepare your household here, or prepare your business or school system here.
- Tulsa Area United Way Link Get help - Listing of available resources and updates.
- Tulsa Area COVID-19 Response Fund Donations - Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) and Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) have established the Tulsa Area COVID-19 Response Fund to provide support for nonprofit organizations that can assist individuals and families experiencing COVID-19 related hardships due to temporary lost income and unplanned expenses.
- Local information from the Tulsa County Health Department
- Statewide information from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)