Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2020-11-19 16:45:43 –
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said Thursday that “it’s time to become a reality” and issued an urgent declaration by the Oklahoma City police to issue an executive order to limit interaction at bars and restaurants that can be enforced within the city limits. I put it out.
These restrictions issued by Governor Kevin Stitt are:
- Starting Thursday, November 19th, all restaurants should be at least 6 feet apart, unless the tables, booths, and bar areas are separated by disinfected dividers.
- From Thursday, November 19th, all bars and restaurants must be closed by 11:00 pm. After 11:00 pm, face-to-face meals and alcohol are not permitted except in the restaurant’s drive-through window or curbside pickup.
Holt said it would be desirable for these facilities to comply, but in most cases officers have the authority to issue tickets to these restaurants and bars for violating the governor’s orders.
It was the actual legal range of the mayor’s new response to a pandemic that could approach crisis levels and overwhelm hospitals throughout the state.
He did not issue a mask mandate, which is unlikely to get support from the governor who can anticipate the city’s proclamation.
The Governor of the Republican Party and the Republican majority Congress appear to be eager to invalidate or preempt the city, not only for restrictions to control the pandemic, but also for other measures. There is.
But he also did what he thought he was doing best, to exercise moral leadership.
“Hoping isn’t working,” Holt said. “It’s time to become a reality.”
He said some people misunderstand what “personal responsibility” means. That doesn’t mean you have the option to bet that you can’t get it, or if you do, it won’t be too bad.
Instead, Holt argued that personal responsibility meant understanding that “when we lose a bet, we all pay the price.”
Holt urged city residents to make extraordinary efforts over the next 10 days to slow the growth of the coronavirus in and around OKC.
“Do you know how quickly we got into this current wave? About 10 days. In just 10 days, we went from about 300 per day to about 800 per day,” Holt said. Stated.
He used the rowing analogy. The term “power 10” means giving maximum effort to the next 10 strokes. And he asked the public to do their best in the next 10 days to delay the spread of the disease.
In the past few weeks in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, it was not uncommon for ICUs to reach or near capacity.
Holt urged residents to avoid the common large family gatherings during Thanksgiving.
He also urged residents to avoid any kind of diet involving anyone other than your immediate household for the next 10 days.
“I urge influential people in the city to raise these alert messages for the next 10 days.”
Holt urged the minister and the media to amplify the message that people should isolate the next 10 days as much as possible.
Holt used several key numbers and charts to explain the urgency of the current pandemic situation.
“Around November 1, the average of 7-day new cases at OKC Metro was about 300 new cases per day,” Holt said. “Standing here today, November 19th, the average 7-day new case at OKC Metro is over 800 new cases per day.”
This is the illustration he used to show a dramatic increase in infections in the metro.
Holt compared the numbers for cities, which are much larger and more densely populated than OKC, with ours.
He said one of the 100 residents of OKC Metro tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
“We have to assume that there were almost certainly people in the rooms of more than 25 people who entered Oklahoma City this month who were actively infected with COVID-19. The virus is everywhere,” Holt said. ..
Dr. Patrick McGough, Executive Director of the Oklahoma City County Health Department, supported Holt’s statement of the need to take the disease seriously.
He quoted the latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report on Oklahoma, stating that the epidemic of Oklahoma’s disease is “exponential and unyielding.”
He said that 50% of COVID transmissions come from people who do not know they are ill.
“Believe me,” McGough said. “It’s better not to see your family for a year for Thanksgiving than to see the chair empty the next year.”
Mr Holt said the city would rely on complaints to deal with situations where Governor Stitt’s executive order was not being followed.
And for those who refuse to obey stubbornly, polls frankly show that 70% of the population supports Mask’s obligations.
He called those who opposed masks and precautions “loudly a minority.”
“We don’t really need it to lower these numbers,” Holt insisted. “I need the person in the middle.”
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