This guide is meant to assist workers and businesses in Tulsa with determining whether their position and operations are considered essential under the Fourth Amended Executive Order 2020-07 and Amended Executive Memorandum 2020-01, issued by Governor Kevin Stitt on March 24 and 25, 2020 The lists and Q&A in this guide are meant as guidance only and are not meant to serve as a formal interpretation of the Executive Order. The lists and Q&A in this guide will serve as guidance for local enforcement efforts, in the absence of more specific or contradictory state or federal direction. To the extent subsequent state or federal definitions contradict this guidance, those state and federal definitions will control.
I am unsure if my business and our primary activities fall into one or more of the categories in the CISA Essential Business publication. What should I do?
All individuals and employers should immediately begin following CDC guidance as to how you can safely minimize the transmission of COVID-19, if you are not already. If you are unsure whether your business qualifies as essential, and believe it is critical that you receive an official determination that your business is essential, please use this online form to submit a request to the State of Oklahoma. Please read all guidance before submitting a request.
If my business is not considered essential, what should I do?
You and your employees may continue to perform essential functions with employees or contractors as necessary to maintain the value of your business’ inventory, preserve the condition of your business’ physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits and related functions.
Can I continue my operations by allowing employees to work from home or remotely?
Yes. You are encouraged to allow employees to work from home or remotely, if feasible.
Does the prohibition on gatherings of 10 or more individuals apply to businesses within a critical infrastructure sector?
The Governor’s Executive Order indicates that “businesses within a critical infrastructure sector…shall take all reasonable steps necessary to comply with this Order and protect their employees, workers, and patrons.” If you are not already, please begin following CDC guidance as to how you can safely minimize the transmission of COVID-19.
What resources are available to me as an employer?
The CDC maintains recommendations for employers responding to COVID-19 here. The City of Tulsa will maintain an updated list of local resources and information online. The Tulsa Health Department maintains a resource page online. To access information regarding potential disaster relief loan assistance, visit the Small Business Administration’s website, as well as the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation’s website. Resources at the State level can be found on the Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s COVID-19 Resource Page.
Where can I find additional information related to the State of Oklahoma’s Safer at Home Executive Order?
You can find information the Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s COVID-19 Resource Page. You can find information on all current COVID-19 related actions taken by Mayor G.T. Bynum on the City of Tulsa’s COVID-19 Resource Page.
What information on business operations and plans does the State of Oklahoma need from me?
At this time, the State of Oklahoma is not requiring that employers submit details of their operations plans to officials.
Are individuals required to report to government officials whether they are considered essential or non-essential workers?
No. At this time, the State of Oklahoma does not require individuals to report or post their status as an essential or non-essential worker. Individuals should continue to minimize unnecessary trips and activities in order to reduce the potential spread of the virus. Local law enforcement officers will not require individuals or businesses to carry documentation in the community or at their place of work.
All individuals and businesses should follow CDC-recommended guidance to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We recommend you implement the following practices and encourage you to take every step possible to minimize virus transmission while continuing your operations.
Provide remote work solutions
For those employees who are not required to be at your facility, provide the opportunity to work remotely or from home. Minimizing the number of employees at a facility will reduce human-to-human contact and slow the spread of transmission of the virus. Check out these useful tips from Tulsa Remote.
Offset shift schedules
For businesses operating multiple shifts, consider offsetting shift schedules to minimize worker contact as one shift ends and another begins.
Suspend non-essential travel
Travel and trips, particularly those to hot-spots, should be suspended or, at a minimum, dramatically reduced. Employees who travel should practice physical distancing and should consider quarantining themselves upon return.
Suspend non-essential visitors to facilities
Non-essential visitors to your facility should be reduced or suspended all together to protect on-site employees.
Urge employees to stay at home when sick
Ensure employees are able to utilize sick leave when not feeling well. Do not require a doctor’s note for employees who are sick. Proactively establish measures to monitor employee health conditions, such as recorded temperature checks at the beginning and end of shifts.
Follow CDC guidance
Monitor the latest CDC and public health guidance regarding best practices for minimizing virus transmission. Follow local media reports and distribute guidance to employees. Post guidance on personal best-practices in regular intervals throughout your facility to ensure all employees have access to critical information and guidance.
Workers and businesses classified as Non-Essential are not allowed to continue operations under the Safer at Home Executive Order. This page is meant to provide recommendations to support these individuals and businesses in the best manner possible.
Identify and establish your essential functions
Businesses may continue to perform essential functions with employees or contractors as necessary to maintain the value of the business’ inventory, preserve the condition of the business’ physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits and related functions.
Consider providing or request remote work options
Employers should consider whether non-essential workers have the ability to work remotely. Employees should request that their employers provide consideration for allowing staff to work remotely. Check out these useful tips from Tulsa Remote.
Review disaster relief assistance opportunities
We recognize extraordinary acts such as this Executive Order have real impacts on your business and employees. We have compiled a list of resources available to businesses on our website and will be updating them on an ongoing basis. Key resources for small businesses include the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Relief Loans.
Distribute information on filing for unemployment benefits
Businesses who must consider furloughing or laying off employees should provide information to staff regarding the availability of Unemployment Insurance benefits. Governor Kevin Stitt has waived waiting periods for individuals applying for benefits during this emergency. We have compiled a list of resources available to individuals under the Additional Resources section of our COVID-19 resource page. Individuals may file for Unemployment Insurance benefits online.
Continue to follow CDC and public health guidance
All residents should continue to follow guidance from the CDC and public health entities regarding how to slow the transmission of COVID-19. This includes following proper physical distancing recommendations. For individuals with questions regarding what activities are considered essential under this Order, please view our comprehensive FAQ guide.