Yukon mayor signs new emergency proclamation as part of reopen plan

Personal care businesses open Friday; restaurants, gyms, sporting venues and more May 1

Mike McEachern

The City of Yukon has aligned with Gov. Stitt’s “Open Up and Recover Safely” (OURS) Plan that he presented Wednesday, April 22.

Yukon Mayor Mike McEachern on Thursday, April 23 signed an emergency proclamation in response to the State of Oklahoma implementing a three-phase approach to reopen Oklahoma’s economy.

The OURS plan, based on scientific modeling from public health experts, is intended to mitigate risk of resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

Mayor McEachern on March 16 declared an emergency in the City of Yukon due to the coronavirus outbreak. The original proclamation encouraged all Yukon citizens to “follow protective guidelines and protect themselves and their families” from the virus spreading.

Proclamations were updated March 23, March 25 and April 6 as many Yukon retailers and City offices were closed and social distancing restrictions implemented.


The new emergency proclamation signed this week ordered more guidelines:

• On Friday, April 24, personal care businesses like hair and nail salons (by appointment only), parks and outdoor recreation facilities can reopen. Grocery stores are directed to maintain hours for “vulnerable populations.”

• On Friday, May 1, restaurants, entertainment and sporting venues, movie theaters, gyms, and tattoo parlors (by appointment only) may operate.

• All businesses must adhere to Centers for Disease Control-recommended sanitation and distancing protocols.

• Places of worship also may reopen May 1 if every other row or pew is left open and adherence to Oklahoma Department of Commerce and CDC guidelines is maintained.

• Bars should remain closed.

• The City of Yukon continues to urge all residents to maintain safe practices to avoid contracting COVID-19. This includes maintaining social distancing, limiting gatherings to 10 people or fewer, shopping alone when possible, wearing a mask or other face covering when in public, and minimizing non-essential travel.

• Yukon residents age 65 or above and those people part of a vulnerable population should continue to strictly follow safer-at-home guidelines.

The City of Yukon intends to follow guidelines for other types of buildings and public access to other facilities as outlined in phases two and three of the OURS Plan.

State leaders are working under guidance from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Department of Health and CDC to implement the re-opening plan.