City of Marlow to follow State mandates for COVID-19

March 25, 2020

With changing mandates from the state level, the City of Marlow is taking steps to follow the executive order of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.

“Since declaring an emergency on March 16, we have all seen the continued spread of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization has called a pandemic,” said Mayor Brian Davis. “We will continue efforts to slow the spread and ‘flatten the curve’ of this disease by following the executive order of the Governor of Oklahoma to protect the health, safety and welfare of all citizens of Marlow.”

Beginning at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, March 26, 2020, the City of Marlow will implement the following until 11:59 p.m., Sunday, April 12, 2020:

• Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other places of public accommodation offering food and beverage are closed for dine-in customers and guests and for on premises consumption; and, if able, are restricted and limited to curbside, drive-thru, takeout, and delivery services. In no case shall the customer have direct access to any unwrapped items to include, but not limited to, buffet lines, soda or drink fountains, and self-service prepared food items. The following exclusions apply: institutional or in-house food cafeterias that serve residents, employees, and clients of businesses, child care facilities, and long-term care facilities.

• Gyms and exercise/workout facilities, dance and gymnastic studios, entertainment venues, and private clubs are prohibited from operating or opening to patrons during this time.

• Barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors are prohibited from operation with the exception of taking singular appointments. During appointments, there shall be no walk-in traffic accepted, no waiting allowed, with the exception of one (1) parent or guardian with one (1) child. An establishment with multiple stations must adhere to social distancing of at least six (6) feet, and follow the appointment guidelines per station.

• Social gatherings of more than ten (10) people are prohibited, by Order of the Governor. All establishments should take all necessary and reasonable steps to comply with the Order and protect employees, workers and patrons.

All citizens and businesses are urged to follow the “safer at home” guidelines set forth by the Governor to determine essential and non-essential personnel.

“The Governor issued this executive order on Tuesday focusing on the 19 affected counties in Oklahoma,” the mayor said. “But, the State Department of Health has confirmed a positive test result for COVID-19 in Stephens County as of Wednesday. The time to act is now to try to limit the potential long-term effects on the citizens of Marlow.”

On March 19, the city closed city hall to interior public access and limited access to all other city buildings. All functions of the City of Marlow remain intact including, fire and police protection, electric, water and sewer, cemetery, street and park maintenance, city hall, animal control, 911 dispatch and emergency management. The Garland Smith Public Library is closed, but limited functions are available on the library’s Facebook page and once-per-week book pick-up on Thursdays.

Utility bill pay options available include:

The drive-thru at City Hall – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

The drop box at City Hall – checking twice daily on weekdays

Online at www.cityofmarlow.com – 24 hours a day

By phone at 866-228-6746 – 24 hours a day

For any information about the City of Marlow, call 580-658-5401

See updates and information from the Center for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html