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Downtown Collinsville on March 31, 2017.


The City of Collinsville issued an updated proclamation of a civil emergency on Thursday.

The declaration, made in response to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, called for the closure of all dine-in restaurants and bars across the community.

Collinsville’s order went into effect at midnight on March 21 and last until 6:30 p.m. on April 16.

“It may seem that such measures may be too drastic for Collinsville,” said Mayor Elect Larry Shafer. “However, we don’t want to be on the other side looking back, wishing we had done more. I believe the civil-emergency proclamation with mandatory compliance is the way we should go.”

Residents are limited to curbside, drive-thru, takeout and delivery services only. The order also affects gyms, movie theaters, coffee shops, recreation centers, indoor and outdoor performance venues, entertainment facilities and more.

It does not restrict access to grocery stores, healthcare and childcare facilities, crisis centers, soup kitchens and other similar institutions.

“I believe it is important we have uniformity across our city that a mandatory proclamation provides,” Shafer said. “We are not targeting any specific industry or segment of our community. We are only attempting to eliminate any potential for community spread regardless of the type of business or group.”

Collinsville follows Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum’s directive to shut down all related establishments earlier in the week amid the growing pandemic.

The City of Owasso also held an updated emergency meeting on Friday to close all dine-in restaurants and bars, which took effect 6:30 p.m. on March 21, and will continue until 6:30 p.m. on April 14.