As cities, state tighten restrictions, one question rules: Is it essential?


March 27, 2020

Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch

Bass Pro Shops in Oklahoma City remained open with a steady stream of customers on March 24. Only 50 customers at a time are being allowed into the store and the first hour of business is set aside for elderly shoppers, according to a sign on the door.

Each step taken by public officials to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in Oklahoma raises questions around what is banned and what's just a recommendation.

Gov. Kevin Stitt issued orders Tuesday that include requiring vulnerable populations to stay at home until April 30 except for essential trips, and the closure of all nonessential businesses in the 19 counties that have a confirmed case of COVID-19. Closures would lat for 21 days beginning at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Many cities in Oklahoma already had orders in place closing nonessential businesses. And 17 states, starting with Califo...

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