MEDIA RELEASE

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / May 14, 2021) – Effective immediately, City of Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce has rescinded his emergency declaration due to improved local conditions and greatly relaxed federal guidelines for vaccinated Americans.

With the emergency declaration lifted, Stillwater’s face covering ordinance expires as of 3 p.m., Friday, May 14.

“This is an exciting step in the nation’s fight against the pandemic,” Joyce said. “It demonstrates the power and benefit of the vaccine. Without a doubt, the vaccine is making a real difference and I encourage everyone who is able to get vaccinated.”

As of May 10, 41.2% of Payne County residents have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to all adults, the FDA and CDC have authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for young people ages 12 and up.

To facilitate vaccinations, the CDC has created vaccinefinder.org. It is a free, online service to find locations that offer vaccinations. The site allows clinics, pharmacies, and health departments to provide accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services and availability.                 

As of May 12, Payne County had 17 active COVID-19 cases, a significant decrease from the 132 active cases the week of April 21. As of May 10, Payne County had 0.7 cases per 100,000 people which places the county in the Green COVID-19 Risk Level. Green is the lowest level.

“The CDC continues to recommend face masks for all non-vaccinated people in most cases,” Joyce said. “In addition, local businesses, schools and other entities may also continue to require face masks. We ask Stillwater residents to follow the CDC guidelines and respect the requirements of local businesses and others.”

Stillwater Police Department will continue to respond to trespassing complaints for businesses or other entities who chose to require masks.

On May 13, the CDC announced that individuals who have received the vaccine may stop wearing masks and are no longer required to social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings. Those who have not been vaccinated for the coronavirus are advised to continue to wear masks and social distance.

The CDC guidelines continue to recommend masks and social distancing for vaccinated individuals in a variety of situations, including air, bus and other public transportation; visiting doctors’ offices, hospitals or long-term care facilities; and visiting prisons and jails. Learn more on the CDC’s website.