Oklahoma Business Set to Reopen
Mike Seals - May 1, 2020 7:53 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma shoppers can return to malls and other stores Friday as stay-at-home orders expire in the state’s biggest cities, putting local governments in line with Gov. Kevin Stitt’s plans for reopening the state’s economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Social distancing rules will still apply, though it remains to be seen how many businesses will reopen and how many people will want to spend money as the steep economic downturn has led to staggering job loss. Nationally, more than 30.3 million workers have filed for unemployment in the last six weeks.
The state health department on Thursday reported more than 3,600 confirmed coronavirus cases and at least 222 deaths in Oklahoma. The number of COVID-19 infections is thought to be far higher because many people haven’t been tested. Studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.