Reopening after COVID-19

Resources to get back to work safely

With Oklahoma City moving into the second phase of its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chamber hopes to provide its members with the resources they need to return to operations safely.

Access to PPE

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce partnered with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and the Tulsa Regional Chamber to provide a directory of companies supplying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies needed for operating according to guidelines set forth by the CDC and in the Open Up & Recover Safely Plan. View the PPE Source Directory at okcommerce.gov/ppe-source-directory/.

If your company supplies PPE and other supplies and wishes to be included in this list, complete the supplier form. The Department of Commerce also has links to official guidance PDFs for a variety of particular business types at okcommerce.gov/covid19/ours-plan/.

Phases of recovery

As of May 1, Oklahoma City allowed some establishments to reopen, including personal care businesses (hair and nail salons, spas, barbershops and pet groomers), entertainment and sporting venues, gyms, tattoo parlors, and places of worship. All of these establishments must follow the CDC-recommended protocols and the guidelines from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

In addition, as of May 15, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt issued this proclamation of additional requirements for industries over which the city has regulatory supervision. Read the news release with more details for particular types of businesses.

For businesses that do not fall under those categories, the Oklahoma City-County Health Department has issued general business guidelines for all three phases of recovery. Read the recommendations.

Employers should also be familiar with OSHA’s response to workplace safety and coronavirus exposure. OSHA has issued guidance to cover three of the main questions: how should employers protect their employees; do employers have to record cases of COVID-19 on their injury logs; and how will OSHA conduct enforcement related to Coronavirus? Read more in this fact sheet from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to local guidelines and proclamations, businesses might find the following helpful:

General office

Banks

Medical/ dental / etc

Restaurants

Retail

Gyms / Outdoor recreation

Entertainment/movie theaters / bowling / sporting venues

Places of worship