GROVE - The Grove City Council met on Friday, April 24, for an emergency session after Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced his plan to re-open the state on Wednesday, April 22.

The City Council made amendments to three items, E,F, and G, in State of Emergency mandate for the city.

Item E

The original item limited social gatherings to no more than ten people within city limits. The council is following the Gov. Stitt’s plan. This includes weddings, funerals and places of worship.

• Places of worship may reopen for in-person meetings or worship beginning May 1 and must follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and sanitation. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has also released recommended guidelines for temperature checks and employer policies.

Items F and G

The original wording for item F pertained to the food service industry, limiting restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, etc to curbside pickup, drive-thous, take out and delivery services.

Item G originally defined businesses that were closed within city limits. Closed businesses included gyms, spas, hair and nail salons, entertainment venues, recreation centers, sports facilities, movie theaters, performance venues, museums, bowling alleys, skating rinks, private clubs, tattoo parlors and bars.

These two items have been amended to allow restaurants to open dining rooms and for personal care businesses, hair salons, such as barber shops, spas, nail salons and pet groomers, to reopen under strict guidelines.

• Dining rooms may reopen beginning May 1. Restaurants must space tables 6-8 feet and follow sanitation and disinfecting guidelines and social distancing guidelines.

• Personal care businesses and pet care businesses may reopen for appointments only beginning April 24. Businesses must follow the strict sanitation and disinfecting guidelines and social distancing guidelines. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has also released recommended guidelines for temperature checks and employer policies.

Grove Mayor Ed Trumbull stated that local recreational sporting leagues were not going to reopen at this time. Any businesses not listed in the amendments will be under consideration during the upcoming May 5 council meeting.

“I would implore [the local business owners] to read through the plan and look at the guidelines for your particular business,” said Trumbull.

Trumbull also asks the community to wear a mask and reminds those who choose to wear a mask to cover both their nose and mouth.

“In wearing your mask, remember that it is not as much about protecting yourself as protecting those of our community that are at the highest risk, which would be our senior citizens and also those with suppressed immune systems,” said Trumbull. “Since our population is made up thirty-three percent of people of the age of 65 or older, there is a really high importance for us to wear a mask.”

For more information on the Governor Stitt’s Open Up and Recover Safely plan, visit www.okcommerce.gov/covid19.