By Molly Payne
(Cushing, Okla) — Cushing Board of Commissioners held a special meeting this afternoon at 5 pm in City Hall to discuss a proclamation declaring a State of Emergency in the City of Cushing. The proclamation takes effect Wednesday, March 18th at 10 PM and ends at 12:01 AM, April 5, 2020 unless terminated earlier (or extended) by proclamation.
You can watch the Facebook video of the meeting by the Cushing Chamber of Commerce here:
Along with City Manager Terry Brannon and City Attorney Jonathan Huseman, four of the five commissioners were in attendance – Mike Griffith, B.J. Roberson, Don Amon and Brent Thompson. Chairman of the Board Don Amon read the proclamation prior to the discussion. It reads:
“WHEREAS, the undersigned Chairman, Board of Commissioners of the City of Cushing, Oklahoma, issued on March 15, 2020, a proclamation declaring a state of emergency within the City of Cushing, Oklahoma, and
WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Oklahoma has issued a statewide declaration of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak: and
WHEREAS, the United States Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) has issued additional guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19 through increased “social distancing” since the issuance of the initial and supplemental emergency declarations by the Chairman; and
WHEREAS, adoption of additional measures consistent with these CDC guidelines is necessary to protect the citizens of the City of Cushing from COVID-19.
NOW, THEREFORE, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CITY OF CUSHING CITY CODE AND STATE LAW, I, DON AMON, CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF CUSHING DO HEREBY PROCLAIM AND DECLARE:
SECTION ONE: A State of Emergency exists within the corporate limits of the City of Cushing, Payne County, Oklahoma.
SECTION TWO: This proclamation shall become effective upon execution by the Chairman on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 10 PM CDST.
SECTION THREE: Organized gatherings of fifty (50) or more people, excepting political subdivisions and state entities over which the City of Cushing has no control are hereby prohibited until the expiration of this emergency declaration. In accordance with guidance from President Trump, residents are further urged to avoid all gatherings of ten (10) person or more.
SECTION FOUR: All gyms, fitness facilities, entertainment venues, movie theatres, bowling alleys, skating rinks, private clubs, bars and lounges located within the corporate limits of the City of Cushing shall be prohibited from operating or opening to the patrons until the expiration of this emergency declaration.
SECTION FIVE: Restaurant dining rooms and other dine-in service areas such as “food courts” and “buffets” shall be closed to the public until the expiration of this emergency declaration, although “pick up” and “delivery” service may remain open to the public and is encouraged until the expiration of this emergency declaration.
SECTION SIX: Attached as Exhibit “A” is a list of guidelines and information. These guidelines are hereby incorporated into and made part of this proclamation.
SECTION SEVEN: This state of emergency shall continue until 12:01 AM April 5, 2020 or terminated earlier by further proclamation.
SECTION EIGHT: The measure set forth in this proclamation are cumulative. The Proclamation dated March 15, 2020 remains in full force and effect.
PROCLAIMED THIS 17TH DAY OF March, 2020