Yukon city leaders eye return to normalcy

COVID cases way down in county; mayor to revisit mask policy after spring break

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Yukon Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Yukon city leaders declared this week they want their town to return to normalcy soon as the state starts reopening.

New COVID-19 cases in Canadian County dropped to the single-digits this week as more people receive the vaccine and others recover from the virus.

“We had eight new cases reported yesterday in our county,” Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton said at the March 16th city council meeting. “Not just the city, the county. So that’s awesome. Looking forward to when there’s zero!”

Canadian County on March 16 had 89 cases and no deaths in the previous 14 days and 346 cases and 3 deaths in the previous 30 days, according to Oklahoma State Health Department data.

City officials will consider changing the City of Yukon’s mask policy “after spring break”, according to Mayor Shelli Selby.

In July 2020, the mayor signed a proclamation updating the City of Yukon’s emergency declaration listing requirements for high-risk activities to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

That proclamation has required anyone entering City-owned buildings and servers and cooks at restaurants and bars in Yukon city limits to wear facemasks.

Some other Yukon businesses require – or at least highly recommend that – customers don face coverings in their stores.

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‘STILL BE CAUTIOUS’

Ward 3 City Council Member Donna Yanda is pleased that Yukon is easing into a new normal.

“But I encourage everyone to still be cautious,” she added.

A copious quantity of Yukon special events and programs have been canceled during the past year due to COVID-19 concerns.

But several annual programs are returning soon, notably the Yukon Senior Games on April 12-16 and Yukon Festival of the Child on May 1.

“It’s great to be able to say, ‘we are having City activities’,” Selby said.

The Oklahoma Czech Festival, Taste of Yukon and Yukon Chocolate Festival were among popular special events that were scrapped during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Mayor Selby offered kudos to Yukon Librarian Sara Schieman and her staff for helping senior citizens register online at the library for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Canadian County has had 16,254 COVID-19 cases with 102 deaths, the state health department’s March 16th data shows.

There were 330 active cases with 15,822 patients having recovered in Canadian County.