STILLWATER, Okla. (July 10, 2020) - In conjunction with the City of Stillwater and Visit Stillwater, the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce has launched a campaign to encourage Stillwater businesses and patrons to utilize face coverings in public.
Beginning July 11, Stillwater residents and visitors will be required to wear face coverings due to COVID-19 concerns. The active ordinance will remain in effect through November 30.
“We have to do the right thing,” Mayor Will Joyce said. “If the city doesn’t take action now, health experts tell us the number of COVID-19 cases will continue to rise.”
In the first 80 days of the shelter at home, Stillwater had 22 confirmed cases. In the next five weeks, Stillwater did not have any new cases; however, since June 1, Stillwater has had more than 400 confirmed cases.
“We don’t want to step back to Phase 2 and close the city down again,” Joyce said.
In Oklahoma, sales tax is the largest source of recurring revenue for municipalities. With large segments of the economy, including businesses that generate sales tax, shutting down in mid-March 2020 to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the City of Stillwater’s sales tax revenue declined by 20.27% in April.
“Our team is doing what we can to keep our community safe and in business,” said Justin Minges, Chamber President and CEO. “Wearing a mask is a simple way to make sure our restaurants and retailers are able to welcome customers into their establishments.”
Disposable masks are available at the Chamber office at 409 S. Main St. and at Visit Stillwater at 2617 W. 6th Ave. Businesses are able to pick up 100 masks per day free of charge in order to allow all establishments the ability to comply with the ordinance. Signage to display in establishments is available for download to print, or a business representative may stop by the Stillwater Municipal Building at 723 S. Lewis St. or the Chamber office.
“We think it’s important that we all work together to fight this pandemic,” Joyce said.