PRESS RELEASE Shelter in Place’ order in Oklahoma City extended to April 30 as COVID-19 pandemic continues

Mayor David Holt has extended the “Shelter in Place” emergency order in Oklahoma City to April 30 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

PRESS RELEASE All playgrounds, sport courts closed in Oklahoma City as evidence shows COVID-19 can survive for days on hard surfaces

All playgrounds and sport courts in Oklahoma City have been ordered closed to stop the spread of COVID-19, but reports continue to pour in of parents and children ignoring the closures and even removing signs and barriers. “Closing playgrounds is one of the most painful decisions our City has made during the coronavirus pandemic, but public health officials tell us it’s critical to save lives,” said OKC Parks Director Doug Kupper.

PRESS RELEASE EMBARK announces temporary transit service plan

Modified schedule starts April 5 to preserve access to essential services
EMBARK continues to provide service throughout Greater Oklahoma City during the extraordinary challenges threatening the health and well-being of the community.

Oklahoma City Council holds March 31 meeting by teleconference

Oklahoma City Council's March 31 meeting will be held by teleconference.

Oklahoma Gazette pauses print publication

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Mayor David Holt announces modifications to proclamation of state of emergency

In an effort to limit social interactions and the spread of COVID-19, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt announced Tuesday at a news conference at Oklahoma City-County Health Department that bars, gyms and exercise facilities, theaters, and mall food courts as well as Remington Park's gaming area must close from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday through April 12.

PRESS RELEASE National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announces temporary closure

In response to public health concerns regarding COVID-19, the museum is closed starting March 17.
In support of the nationwide effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, and in accordance with recommendations from local and national health officials, the Museum will be closed to the public effective March 17, 2020.

PRESS RELEASE Science Museum Oklahoma temporarily closed in response to COVID-19

In an effort to protect the health of employees, guests and our extended community, Science Museum Oklahoma will temporarily close to the public beginning on Sunday, March 15, through the end of March. The museum tentatively plans to reopen to the public on April 1, however guests are encouraged to visit the museum's website for updates.

PRESS RELEASE OKC Zoo goes virtual during temporary closure

Stay up-to-date with the OKC Zoo through digital platforms, interactive animal wellness exams, more
Despite its temporary closure this spring break due to the unprecedented public health response related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden remains committed to its conservation education mission and, in that spirit, is going virtual! This includes interactive animal wellness exams, St. Patrick’s Day animal enrichment, engaging at-home conservation projects for families plus a new digital series in development (details coming soon).

Oklahoma City in state of emergency

March 15, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt announced that he expects to sign a proclamation of a state of emergency for the city today due to COVID-19. “Limiting close personal contact is our only real tool of mitigation, and on the advice of public health officials, and with the confirmation of local spread, we feel it is now time to do more,” said Mayor Holt.

News briefs

Oklahoma City Council approves resolutions, Oklahoma County jail trust moves forward with a jail transition and residents lobby at the Capitol.
CITY Resolutions approved Oklahoma City Council approved several resolutions during last week’s meeting. The council unanimously approved an ordinance to be introduced and set for two additional hearings.

News briefs

OKCPS invites community input, mayor David Holt gives the State of the City address and OU students stand their ground.
CITY Public school future

Night of movement

An annual fundraiser honors Ralph Ellison’s legacy while highlighting the accomplishments of a foundation in his name.

MAPS board

Oklahoma City Council established the MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board despite some concern about the name.
Ward 2 councilwoman JoBeth Hamon sought to amend the MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board’s name in an attempt to be more inclusive.

More convenience

Casey’s General Stores expands into Oklahoma City with four stores and more expected by the end of 2020.
Three Casey’s convenience stores have already opened in Oklahoma City, and a fourth opens by the end of the week.

Food Issue: Food yard

With a burger joint and a bar finishing up their respective build-outs, almost every food and drink tenant at Edmond Railyard is open.
Chris Anderson and Casey Massegee, Grant Group principals, got tired of having to travel south with their friends and families for unique, local eateries, so they decided to create a venue for those places at Edmond Railyard.

Wedding rainbows

A local photographer created a directory to help the LGBTQ+ community easily identify affirming vendors for any wedding needs.

Food Issue: Market move

The OSU-OKC Farmers Market is shutting down and being replaced by a market at Scissortail Park, a decision that surprised and upset some vendors.
Crows Farm Markets has been a vendor at OSU-OKC Farmers Market since before it was even known by that name.

Cover: People count

About 250 volunteers combed streets, shelters, libraries, meal sites and helped host a youth event for the city’s annual Point in Time Count of people experiencing homelessness.
When D’Metryus Lacopo, 24, got an apartment with his husband in December, it was a major triumph.

Park support

Voters decide March 3 whether or not to pass a dedicated 1/8th cent sales tax for Parks & Recreation operational improvements.
Neighborhood parks across Oklahoma City could see improved facilities and programming if the measure is approved by voters.

Cultural spirit

A new restaurant concept in northeast OKC aims to become a family-friendly hub for black culture.
After the closure of Urban Roots, which Quintin Hughes considered a centerpiece of black culture, a void was left to be filled.

Fresh brew

An Omaha-based coffee chain expands into the Oklahoma City metro.
The first Scooter’s Coffee in Oklahoma City opened last month in the far northwest part of the city.


Planting the Path for Monarchs @ CommonWealth Urban Farms

Planting the Path for Monarchs @ CommonWealth Urban Farms

Wines for the Common Good @ First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City

Wines for the Common Good @ First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City

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