GROVE - The City Council has voted to approve a ‘shelter in place’ resolution for the City of Grove.

The new resolution further tightens restrictions within city limits, in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The resolution goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 and will be revisited by the council on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

The shelter in place order is for all residents living within city limits and non-residents visiting the city. The order requires anyone within city limits to take shelter in a residence, which is listed as a single-family home, apartment unit, condo unit, dorm room, hotel room, motel room, shared rentals, boats, recreational vehicles, similar facilities or accommodations.

Should someone within a residence test positive for COVID-19, all members of the household are to quarantine in separate areas of the house for no less than fourteen days. Those members are not to go to work, school or any other community function, unless someone is an essential healthcare worker. That person may then work in accordance with CDC guidance.

Residents may only leave their home for the following purposes:

• to get supplies essential to their health and/or safety

• to get supplies essential to the health and/or safety of their family, those living in the residence, close personal acquaintances or pets

• to visit a medical or mental healthcare professional

• outdoor activities while maintaining social distancing guidelines by the CDC

• to care for or to transport another family member or pet to another residence

• to move to another residence either within or outside of the City of Grove

• to work for an National, CDC or state identified essential business

• to perform essential government functions

• to obtain necessary medical supplies, medication, food and beverage, products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential operations of the residence

• to obtain necessary products to work from home

• to obtain products for home maintenance

Police Chief Mark Morris has stated that essential employees will not have to carry papers proving their employment with an essential business within the City of Grove limits.

While researching for the order, Mayor Ed Trumbull said that the City of Guthrie implemented the use of cloth facemasks. Trumbull then reached out to the local experts at INTEGRIS, who said that they are not in favor of a city mandate, but do encourage people to use a cloth mask whenever they leave their homes, with the exception of children two years or younger. The wearing of a mask is not currently required by the city.

Currently the order is set to expire on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Should the COVID-19 situation change at any time, the City Council has the ability to shorten the shelter in place order.

“If anything miraculous were to happen, we could call a special meeting and re-address the date,“ said Trumbull.

As of Tuesday, April 7, Oklahoma had 1472 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 67 deaths. Delaware County has 13 confirmed cases and zero deaths.