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Coronavirus Updates and Resources
During this unprecedented time, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association and, Oklahoma Travel Industry Association in partnership, continue to respond to the challenges COVID-19 presents across Oklahoma's hospitality industry. We remain in close and constant communications with our state and national leaders and support organizations, including the Governor’s office, Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce, our legislative leaders both statewide and federal, NRA, AH&LA, and others. We will vigorously fight for our industry and are always available for your questions, comments, and concerns at helpdesk@okrestaurants.com.

The National Restaurant Association created industry-specific guidance for owners and operators that you can view here. The industry works day-in and day-out at food safety. You can find out more about ongoing ServSafe training and certification programs here.
LATEST UPDATES: 
  • 3/25/20 •  Hotels to Stay Open: After Governor Stitt's press conference yesterday and his new Executive Order, there was some confusion on whether or not his order qualified hotels as "non-essential businesses" meaning they would have to close. We have just confirmed with the Governor's office that hotels are considered "essential businesses" and are to remain open open and DO NOT HAVE TO CLOSE at midnight tonight. 
  • 3/24/20 • Oklahoma Municipality COVID-19 Closings/Restrictions: Click here for a list of Oklahoma closings and restrictions as of March 24, 2020. This list will be updated as necessary, and will also be available on our website on this page.
  • 3/24/20 •  Guidance in Furloughs v. Layoffs/Reductions-In-ForceThe COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the economy and has forced businesses of all sizes to confront difficult questions about how, or if, they can stay financially solvent. Employers need guidance in managing payroll costs while also considering the long-term needs of their employees and the future of their business. Click here for information about Furloughs, Layoffs/Reductions-In-Workforce from Legal Resource Center partners from Pierce Couch Hendrickson and Green.
  • 3/21/20 •  Alcohol To-Go - We have been informed by the Oklahoma Tax Commission that for the duration of the Emergency Alcohol To Go rules from the ABLE Commission, the 13.5% mixed beverage tax DOES NOT apply to those alcohol sales, Applicable sales taxes do still apply. ABLE has told us they will be issuing a revised Emergency Order on Monday and we will share it with you as soon as possible. Nothing else in the ABLE Emergency Rule will change. The permissible alcohol sales remain beer and wine only in sealed containers, purchased with a meal for carry-out, and curb-side delivery only. Alcohol sales paired with meals delivered by third-party delivery operators are still not allowed. Please call Jim Hopper at 405-641-2950 if you have any questions. 
  • 3/21/20 / 8:30 pm •  Feds approve Oklahoma for the SBA disaster loan program. The SBA website has been experiencing technical difficulty. For those who wish to apply with a paper application, you may download one here.  Read more by clicking here. 
  • 3/20/20 •  Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF) and Mother Road Market (MRM), in partnership with the Oklahoma Restaurant Association (ORA), announce the Tulsa Employee Relief Fund: Food and Beverage. LTFF will be donating $100,000 to start this relief fund managed by the ORA's Foundation to support Tulsa restaurant workers. Funds will be dispersed as $1,000 grants directly to workers to spend on their immediate needs whether that is food, rent, gas, medical expenses, etc.  In turn, LTFF is challenging the community to donate so that additional funds are raised to support this group of hard-working people in our Tulsa community! For more information on donating to the Tulsa Employee Relief Fund: Food and Beverage, please visit www.okrestaurants.com for more information, or apply here.
  • 3/19/20 •  U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is said to have approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Oklahoma that will help small businesses here in the state impacted by COVID-19, however, Oklahoma has not been taken live on the site yet. Standby and ORA will update you when it is time to apply.
  • 3/19/20 •  ORA launches "Keep Calm Carry Out" media campaign, and Carryoutok.com online dining site.
  • 3/18/20 •  ABLE has announced that restaurants with beer/wine licenses will be allowed to sell canned/bottled beer and can/bottled wine as part of a food sale and for curbside service only. That means you can't purchase only a bottle of wine, but you can add beer or wine to any food order purchase. The loosening of the rule lasts until April 17. Read more about it here.
  • 3/17-19/20 •  City of Tulsa, Cushing, Oklahoma City, Lawton, The Village, Norman, Moore and Stillwater issued a mandatory shutdown of all bars and restaurants except for take-out and drive-thru services.
  • 3/17/20 •  Only elected officials, essential staff, certain state employees and the credentialed press will be allowed in the state capitol building until further notice. Although the building will be closed to the public, legislative leadership indicated they will continue to hold session and build the state’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 
  • 3/16/20 •  Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt Declares State of Emergency View Here


Other Resources: 

Printable Posters from the NRA
Coronavirus: What You Can Do (Spanish Included)
Handwashing 101 Poster (Spanish Included) 
Handwashing Infographic
Before You Come To Work Poster
Cleaning vs. Sanitizing Poster (Spanish Included)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC's Most Up-To-Date List of Resources
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
Situation Summary & What May Happen
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Feb. 2020

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

World Health Organization
Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease

Johns Hopkins CSSE
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Map

Impact on Our Industry
Resources for Restaurants and Workers Coping with the COVID-19 Emergency

 If you have any questions about this email or the above resources, please don't hesitate to contact Jim Hopper by email or at 405-942-8181. 
 
What's Happening
03.16.20
During this unprecedented time, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association continues to respond to the challenges COVID-19 presents across Oklahoma's hospitality industry. We will vigorously fight for our industry and will strive to provide you with new and relevant information and resources. Check here regularly for updates every foodservice operator/employer needs to know!
03.23.20
Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF) and Mother Road Market (MRM), in partnership with the Oklahoma Restaurant Association (ORA), unveiled a relief fund Monday to help Tulsa food and beverage workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
ORA Golf Classic Canceled
11.30.-1
Due to recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have canceled the ORA Golf Classic. We appreciate your patience during this time!
ServSafe Classes PostPoned
03.16.20
Due to recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to postpone gatherings of more than 50 people, ServSafe classes have been postponed for the month of March and April. We will keep you updated on when and where they will be rescheduled in the future. We appreciate your patience during this time.
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