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April 7, 2020
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New Restrictions
Council OKs more restrictions for Covid-19
Governor's 'Safer in Place' expanded to include all residents
The City Council voted unanimously Monday to amend measures already in place and add new restrictions as part of the City's response to the Covid-19 pandemic — including an expansion of Gov. Kevin Stitt's "Safer in Place" measure targeting vulnerable populations to instead include all Bartlesville residents.

The council voted to adopt an ordinance amending City Ordinance No. 3525, which was passed during an emergency meeting on March 23 and put into effect several measures aimed at reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community.

The earlier provisions were set to expire at midnight on Monday if not extended by the council during their April 6 meeting. The council voted to extend the measures and considered other measures recommended by the Covid-19 Emergency Advisory Board, which was created with the passage of Ordinance No. 3525.

CAB recommendations included closing area daycare and childcare facilities and Adams Municipal Golf Course and taking steps to decrease the number of people shopping in larger retail stores at one time. The council spent considerable time discussing these and other items, which resulted in the enactment of the following measures:

Safer in Place

Section 24 of the amending ordinance expands an executive order issued last month by the governor. In the executive order, those over 65 and with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions were to remain at home except to conduct essential errands, such as obtaining medication, food, gasoline or medical care. The council opted to expand the order to include all residents, and added exercise as an essential errand.

Amended Section 24: " All residents shall stay in their home or place of residence except for working in a critical infrastructure sector, as defined in the Governor’s executive order, and the conduct of essential errands. Essential errands shall mean those errands which are critical to everyday life and include exercising, obtaining medication, groceries, gasoline, and visiting medical providers."

Adams Golf Course

The council elected to allow Adams Golf Course to remain open under the condition that only club members and/or Bartlesville residents be permitted. Several measures had already been put into place at the golf course to ensure social distancing, including closing the clubhouse, eliminating shotgun starts, disinfecting carts after every use and limiting one person per cart.

Daycare facilities

Under Section 23, daycare and child care facilities may remain open but must adhere to the following restrictions:

  • Only children whose caregiver is employed in an essential infrastructure industry as defined by governor's executive order and who do not have another caregiver in the house may be served. The caregiver must self-certify to the daycare in writing that they meet this criteria by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2020.

  • All teacher to child ratios must be maintained at one half of that required by the State.

  • All employees must wear, at a minimum, a cloth or procedure mask at all times when on the premises of a daycare of childcare facility

Retail establishments

The following measures are enacted to decrease crowding and increase the effectiveness of social distancing in retail operations, defined as establishments/operations that provide goods for sale to the public:

Reduce number of customers allowed to enter a retail building or facility:

  • Maximum customers allowed in a retail building or facility must be determined by calculating the square footage of the building including any existing fenced outdoor areas where customers are allowed access to items made available for sale and dividing the square footage by 800 and round up to the nearest whole number. The maximum number of customers allowed will be based on the above calculation or six customers, whichever is greater.

  • Clearly post the maximum number of customers allowed within the building or facility at all entrances and exits

  • All retail stores are required to monitor the number of customers inside their building or facility at all times and to not exceed their occupancy limit calculated above

  • Customers waiting to enter a building or facility are required to maintain 6 feet between themselves and all other persons at all times. Retail businesses must provide for markings or other means to ensure compliance with the 6-foot rule

  • Nothing in this section would prevent a retailer from voluntarily restricting their customer occupancy further

  • No minors under the age of 14 are allowed to enter into any retail operation unless accompanied by a parent or guardian

Provisions for social distancing inside all retail operations must include:

  • Signage, warnings and instructions for proper social distancing to be posted throughout the retail operation

  • All customers and employees of retail operations must maintain a minimum of 6 feet between themselves and all other persons at all times

  • Where available, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for retail employees

  • Physical barriers to separate customer service representatives from customers in retail operations are required

  • As per CDC guidelines, it is strongly recommended that all customers wear a cloth or procedure mask at all times while queuing or while in a retail facility (i.e., bandana, homemade mask, procedure mask, etc.) However, this is not to encourage the use of N95 masks which should be reserved for health care providers and contagious patients.

Other new measures

Garage sales, estate sales and auctions, unless otherwise authorized by law, are banned

City meetings must be held via teleconference or videoconference and only when absolutely necessary

Amended measures

The following measures approved by the City Council on March 23 have been amended and extended until May 4:

All bars of any type that provide items for off-premises consumption, breweries, taverns and restaurants are restricted to providing only drive-through, take-out, or delivery of food, sale of pre-packaged alcohol as authorized for sale under state law, or sale of other retail items as authorized for sale under state law.

Effective 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 the following places are closed to the public and all persons, except personnel necessary for maintenance of the facility and grounds, are restricted from entering:

  • Athletic gyms, exercise facilities, indoor sports facilities, indoor climbing facilities, bowling alleys, skating rinks, trampoline parks and similar recreational facilities

  • Movie theaters

  • Shopping mall food courts

The restrictions do not apply to the followin g:

  • Places of public accommodation that offer food and beverage not for on-premises consumption, including grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, and food pantries

  • Health care facilities, residential care facilities and congregate care facilities

  • Crisis shelters, soup kitchens and similar institutions.

To see existing measures that were approved by the council on March 23 and have been extended until May 4, se e City Ordinance No. 3525 or City begins implementing response measures .

A video of the City Council meeting may be viewed live on the City’s webcast, at   www.cityofbartlesville.org. If you have questions or comments about this issue, you may email them to   covid-19@cityofbartlesville.org .

For more information, see   Covid-19 Hub   at  www.cityofbartlesville.org .
Covid-19 drive-through testing available
Health Department to offer free testing on Wednesday, April 8

A drive-through Covid-19 testing site will be available in Bartlesville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 . The testing is free and available to anyone 16 or older who is currently experiencing a fever of 100.4 degrees, a cough or shortness of breath or in close contact to a laboratory-confirmed positive case within the last 14 days.

The service is offered by the Washington County Health Department in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Washington County Emergency Management, Bartlesville Police Department, Washington County Sheriff, Washington County Fire Department and Bartlesville Ambulance.

The service will be available at Tri County Tech, 6101 Nowata Rd, Bartlesville, as long as supplies remain available. Clients age 16 and 17 must have parental or guardian consent.

“We are pleased to be offering the drive-through testing site for local residents who are showing symptoms,” said Regional Administrative Director Maria Alexander. “There is no charge for testing and does not require insurance. We ask that individuals remain in their vehicle at all times.”

A physician’s order is not needed in order to be tested through the health department’s curbside testing option. However, established patients seeking testing are encouraged to contact their primary care provider.

For more information about the testing site, contact the Washington County Health Department at 918.335.3005. To learn more about Covid-19, call the Covid-19 call center at 877.215.8336 or 2-1-1 or visit https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/
News & Updates
Trash routes, services amended for Good Friday

Collection for Friday sanitation customers will be amended this week due to the Good Friday holiday on April 10.

Collection this week for Friday customers will be on Wednesday, April 8. Trash must be at its normal collection place no later than 6 a.m. on April 8 for collection.

For more information, contact Public Works at 918.338.4130.

While public access to City-owned facilities is restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, City services will not be available on April 10 so that employees can observe the holiday. Police and fire services will not be interrupted. Services will resume Monday, April 13, as regularly scheduled.
City clean-up coupon program suspended

City of Bartlesville-issued landfill coupons are currently not being accepted at Osage Landfill due to the ongoing pandemic.

The coupons are issued to Bartlesville residents as part of the City’s Annual Clean-up Program, which allows residents one free trip to the landfill during the calendar year.

The program has been suspended at the request of the landfill and will be reinstated after restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic are lifted.

For more information about this or for regular landfill hours, contact Osage Landfill at 918.336.3159.
Meetings move to videoconference

The City is no longer holding in-person meetings but instead has implemented videoconferencing for employees, elected officials and boards and committees in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Meetings will be live-streamed via the City's website and aired live on local cable television's Channel 56. This is in accordance with Oklahoma Senate Bill 661 , and is an effort to implement social distancing and mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Anyone who would like to submit comments prior to a meeting for council or board review may do so by emailing covid-19@cityofbartlesville.org.
City Ride still operating

City Ride , the City of Bartlesville's public transit service, is available for essential transportation needs such as medical care, employment, accessing meals and grocery shopping. Additionally, City Ride is assisting the local senior center by delivering meals daily. Vehicles are being disinfected throughout the day and social distancing is being implemented. For more information, see www.cityofbartlesville.org or call 918.336.2233.
City facilities still closed to public

Most public access remains off-limits at most City of Bartlesville-owned facilities, including playgrounds at all City-owned parks, City Hall, fire stations and the police department. Utility bills and court fines can be paid at any of the following locations:

  • Online, at www.cityofbartlesville.org
  • By mail: City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone Ave., Bartlesville OK 74003
  • Drop boxes located in the parking lot directly south of City Hall and the west end of the Bartlesville Community Center parking lot
  • By calling 918.338.4224 (temporary)

For more information, email  utilitybilling@cityofbartlesville.org or  court@cityofbartlesville.org. To reach the City Manager's office, email rebanes@cityofbartlesville.
Volunteer Opportunities
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Board, Committee & Commission Openings

The City of Bartlesville has numerous boards, committees and commissions that are driven by citizen volunteers. All citizens are encouraged and welcome to apply.

Board applications are located  online  and  in the city manager’s office, located on the second floor of City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone Ave. Applications are kept on file for two years. To view a complete list, see  Boards, Committees & Commissions .

The City currently has the following committee/board openings:

  • One opening on the City Planning Commission
  • One opening on the Construction and Fire Code Appeals Board

For more information, visit the City's website,  www.cityofbartlesville.org.
Help Wanted
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Job Listing

The City of Bartlesville is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Firefighter - Fire Department

For an application or more information, visit the City's   website, www.cityofbartlesville.org.
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