LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - People in Lawton are currently under a mask mandate by the city ... every other restriction from Governor Stitt. He said the vaccinations don’t automatically mean those will be lifted.
“We want to see our numbers go down, then we will lift those restrictions as soon as possible. You have to remember, Oklahoma has been re-opened for the last several months,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt.
He said the only major restrictions for businesses have related to capacity, and the one’s put in place a few months ago closing some places at 11.
“There’s not a defined number but we will know when we see the cases come back down, and that’s why I’m encouraging Oklahomans to remain vigilant,” said Gov. Stitt.
Locally, Mayor Stan Booker said the pandemic has remained the central focus the last seven months and the vaccine’s presence will only help the work the community has put in.
“We will roll off the restrictions as soon as we feel it’s safe. We’ll be in constant contact with our public health officials,” said Mayor Stan Booker.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye said thousands of vaccinations will happen by the end of the year. These are two shot vaccines.
“When we have new years gatherings, it’s going to be two weeks before we know the effect of that. It will be the same two weeks from when people start getting that second shot and when we will see numbers we can deal with,” said Mayor Booker.
Governor Stitt also said he wants to move teachers up on the vaccination phase list.
“It is my goal to get kids back in school. This is non negotiable. The health and safety of Oklahomans in non negotiable but neither is education. We’re gathering PPE, getting teachers raised on the list.
He did praise the efforts locally, and said another press conference is scheduled for tomorrow, Dec 17 to discuss his education plans.
Health Commissioner Frye said when it’s your turn please don’t hesitate to get your shot and in the mean time continuing to wear a mask and wash your hands