COVID-19 Information & Preparedness



Lawton City Council met for more than three hours in open session on April 2, 2020, to discuss details of the Shelter-in-Place order originally proposed by Mayor Stan Booker on March 31. City staff is now working to make given adjustments to a proclamation extending the declaration of the civil emergency, following direction provided at the meeting. The official proclamation is expected to be finalized April 3 but, in summary, the following orders shall occur:


  • TO TAKE EFFECT APRIL 3 AT NOON: Changes to essential businesses –
    • Furniture stores and sporting goods stores will close. If a furniture store sells appliances, they can remain open to sell only appliances but may not sell any other items. If sporting goods stores sell guns or ammunition, they can remain open to sell only guns and ammunition but may not sell any other items.
    • Golf courses, tennis courts, disc golf courses shall be closed.
    • Automated, drive-thru car washes – may remain open. All others must close. Car wash employees may not assist – by way of pre-wash, drying car or otherwise – in the car wash process.
    • Essential businesses or grocery stores – such as Wal-Mart or Country Mart – may not sell clothing and sporting goods in-store. Online or delivery to home for these items through given retailers is permitted.


  • TO TAKE EFFECT APRIL 3 AT 5 P.M.: Occupancy of customers at open businesses will be determined in this way –
    • If a building is 50,000 sq. ft. or more, customer limit is 100 people. If a building is less than 50,000 sq. ft.. divide square footage by 500 to determine maximum allowable customers.





    • Additional signage at businesses will be required. In addition to social distancing signage; signage at gas pumps, signage at ATMs and signage at retailers detailing “one cart – one person” will be required. Gas stations must also make available sanitation wipes or paper towels at pumps. FIND SIGNAGE HERE:
    • Sneeze guards are required at all businesses with indoor points of transactions/cash registers.
    • Spacing of 6 feet or more in lines of customers, both inside and outside of stores if applicable, shall be imposed and maintained by operating businesses.
    • Store owners should implement markings and signage for one-way aisle travel in stores.
    • If carts are available, store owners shall encourage the use of carts for all shoppers to help with social distancing efforts.
    • Sanitization wipes or sanitizer, as available, will be made available at all cash registers.



    • Limiting gatherings to no more than six people. Funerals and funeral services may have no more than 10.
    • Curfew shall be imposed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Essential work and essential shopping for such workers is permitted en route; emergency travel is permitted. Essential workers should carry letters after curfew. FIND ESSENTIAL LETTER TEMPLATE HERE:
    • Refillable drinking containers may not be refilled in any retail establishment.
    • SHELTER IN PLACE MANDATE: All citizens must be home except for activities, work or business deemed essential.


Orders of the new proclamation will be in effect through April 30. Additional changes may be made and announced as deemed appropriate by Mayor Booker. Follow for details.



LAWTON - UPDATE, 3/31/20, 4 p.m.

Mayor Stan Booker has made another announcement, as of 4 p.m. March 31, 2020. The Shelter-in-Place order will not take effect until April 2, 2020, he said. This is to give all of City Council a chance to weigh in on such matters, and to allow businesses time to prepare for mandates. 

The Lawton City Council is slated to meet for a Special Meeting at 10 a.m. April 2. Fidelity will be requested to broadcast the meeting on cable; it will also be streamed live on the "Lawton Oklahoma, City Government" Facebook page (

Per Mayor Booker, businesses falling into the categories of furniture stores, sporting goods stores, appliance stores and car washes may still immediately reopen.

City staff will work to post given signage online for businesses as soon as possible. The Shelter-in-Place order will be posted when the mandates officially take effect, at the discretion of the mayor.

Agenda for 4/2/20 Special Meeting of the Lawton City Council:



LAWTON - UPDATE, 3/31/20, 2 p.m.

Mayor Stan Booker has announced plans to implement a Shelter-in-Place order, effective noon April 1, 2020.

The Shelter-in-Place order requires citizens to stay at home except for essential needs, business or work. A fuller list of what is deemed essential may be found in the Shelter-in-Place order that will be posted to by 10 p.m. March 31, 2020. In summary, the order implements the following:

• Encouraging households to send only one person to a business for essential shopping, when possible; requiring given stores to place signage about this policy;

• Requiring the implementation of sneeze guards in all businesses where the exchange of payment takes place within six feet of the customer and cashier;

• Increasing hygiene requirements of cashiers in between transactions;

• Requiring the availability of sanitation wipes at self-service registers for customers or, as an alternative, requiring an employee to sanitize stations in between transitions;

• Requiring gasoline pumps to place signage recommending sanitization by customers at gas pumps, and requiring paper towels to be available at pumps;

• Restricting occupancy levels, as follows:

  • Business owners can determine the number of occupants allowed in their building by taking the total square footage of their building divided by 500. (If a building is 3,000 sq. ft., only six customers would be allowed in the building at one time.)

Under these orders, Mayor Booker will allow furniture stores, sporting goods stores, appliance stores and car washes to reopen. Other determinations concerning non- essential business are still in place. Further business measures and direction may be discussed or given at a Special Meeting of the City Council at 10 a.m. April 2, 2020.

Additional implementations citizens and business owners should be aware of include:

• Approved gatherings may consist of no more than six people.

• A curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be included in the order. Citizens out during this time for work will be required to carry and provide, if necessary, a letter documenting the essential service they provide on the official letterhead of their organization.  (Letters should include: The employer on official letterhead or with official logo if applicable, the name of the employee who is deemed an essential worker, the time of day or night in which the worker is expected to travel for job duties, the type of essential service the employee provides, contact information for employer/company to verify given information, a signature from a superior. Employees with badges for given essential jobs, still need letters.) See an essential worker letter template here:

Required signage for businesses will also be posted to by 10 p.m. March 31, 2020.

See a transcript of the mayor's announcement/speech from 3/31/20 here:



LAWTON – UPDATE, 3/29/20

Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Comanche County, nearly doubling overnight ( To protect life and property, all Lawton residents should limit the people leaving their homes to only those necessary to retrieve essential items at grocery stores, pharmacies, or the like. Group trips make for high risk environments. Expect more announcements March 30th at Civil Emergency requirements may change.

See all updates and news regarding the City of Lawton COVID-19 response at



LAWTON – UPDATE, 3/28/20

The City of Lawton appreciates the understanding and flexibility of community members and business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic, as City leadership works to take proactive measures to protect life.

As previously communicated, clarification and various implementations will be made and relayed to the public as soon as possible, as additional information is evaluated. As of 3/28/20, Mayor Booker has determined the following:

  • Pawn shops are deemed essential in terms of serving as financial institutions – “Banking/Payroll” – and are allowed to open and operate under the following conditions:
    • There may be no more than 10 individuals in a shop at one time;
    • Social distancing (and signage) must be maintained.

Please follow for additional information regarding the City of Lawton’s COVID-19 response. Citizens with questions or concerns may write into @email or call 580.581.3450. Citizens who are interested in reporting proclamation violations may call non-emergency dispatch at 580.581.3272. Learn more about the safer at home mandate here:

Citizens are reminded that the City of Lawton is still operating under a safer-at-home mandate, meaning that individuals should forego non-essential travel and business during this time. Learn more about COVID-19, its rapid spread and other valuable information at



LAWTON – UPDATE, 3/26/20

As City of Lawton leadership continues to monitor, evaluate and analyze information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, additional clarifications and implementations will continue to be made and communicated as quickly as possible to the community. Citizens and business owners are reminded that this is a rapidly changing and unprecedented situation; crisis managers are working to make the decisions to protect life and property in the City of Lawton.

In further review of Governor Kevin Stitt’s amended executive memorandum (amended late yesterday, 3/25/20), in addition to action taken by other municipalities, the following guidelines – effective 3/26/20 – have been issued from Stan Booker, Mayor of Lawton:

  • Liquor stores may remain open and patrons may enter the facility. Curbside service and delivery are still encouraged, however. Social distancing direction and posted signage is required by these business owners in order to protect staff and citizens.


  • Playgrounds within City limits will be closed due to concern for germ spread on equipment. Parks and lakes are still open; social distancing is required. There may be no gatherings of more than 10 in a recreational setting.


  • The Thunder Court in West Lawton will be closed. Citizens should forego participating in close contact sports during this time.


  • Due to limited access of City Hall, discounts for senior citizens on City of Lawton utility bills – typically administered each April/May – will carry over from last year while the emergency proclamation is in place. Applicable senior citizens will be contacted at a later date for renewal and given details on the process.

“Yesterday we had 247 COVID-19 deaths in the United States,” Mayor Booker said. “That is just a number if you say it fast. But when it happens here, we will know these individuals on a first-name basis. They will be our neighbors, our friends, our family members. It is imperative that citizens take personal responsibility during this crisis in order to protect life. Stay home unless leaving for essential errands or services. Limiting community movement is how we beat this disease.”

Learn more and view all City updates at



LAWTON – UPDATE, 3/25/20

A safer-at-home mandate has been issued in the City of Lawton by Mayor Stan Booker, which will require all non-essential businesses in the City of Lawton to close by 6 p.m. March 25, 2020. They are to remain closed until the civil emergency proclamation is expired. Citizens are encouraged to stay home as much as possible during this time, as social distancing best combats the spread of COVID-19.

“Protecting life is all that matters right now,” said Mayor Booker. “That is our goal and our focus. We are trusting in our community to act responsibly during this time and limit community movement to the extent possible.”

General categories of essential businesses include:

  • Public Safety
  • Non-Elective Healthcare (such as pharmacies, medical clinics, mental health facilities home health care)
  • Water & Sanitation; critical infrastructure
  • Government
  • Communication (including infrastructure and service for telephones)
  • Utilities
  • Fuel
  • Food/Groceries
  • Banking and Payroll
  • Daycare facilities
  • Transportation (including buses, taxis, airports, other modes of individual transportation services)
  • Delivery and shipping businesses
  • Housing (including shelters, hotels/motels) & Lawncare
  • Repair & Maintenance; construction
  • News Media
  • Petcare businesses

All operating businesses are still required to post signage and provide direction to patrons on social distancing.

Follow all updates to the COVID-19 response from the City of Lawton at

Citizens are still required to follow the statewide mandates issued by Governor Kevin Stitt and announced March 24, 2020, which can be found here:

Many mandates are already in place in the City of Lawton.

View the amendment issued 3/25/20 here:


LAWTON – UPDATE, 3/23/20

An amendment to the Proclamation of Civil Emergency has been issued by Mayor Stan Booker and includes the following requirements, which will take effect at 12:01 a.m. March 24, 2020:

  • All hair salons, nail salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, spas, massage facilities, barbershops and other non-medical establishments that call for close, personal contact shall be closed.
  • Operating businesses/establishments shall be required to provide education and direction to patrons in regards to social distancing (6 feet of spacing or more between individuals) at given facilities by, at minimum, posting signage via the CDC or City of Lawton at entryways or major gathering points. This applies to “take-out” food establishments and restaurants in which individuals come inside to pay, wait or pick up meals. Signage may be obtained at

It is expected that City Council will suspend Council Policy 1-6, which requires public input at meeting of the City Council, at the March 24, 2020 meeting. This is in an effort to maintain social distancing at necessary public meetings and to encourage residents to limit community movement. Citizens are encouraged to send in comments and questions at any time to @email or relay them by phone to the Office of the City Manager at 580.581.3301.

Citizens are advised that items that call for a public hearing at Council meetings may also be limited during this time. Staff is currently testing digital platforms and systems that may allow Council meetings to take place virtually, as now allowed by Oklahoma SB 661. However, staff and elected officials will work with citizens as needed.

View a copy of the amendment issued on 3/23/20 here:

View a copy of an accompanying letter from Mayor Booker here:



LAWTON – UPDATE, 3/21/20

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, Lawton City Hall will be closed to the general public with granted exceptions:

  • Citizens needing to set up a new water account. Although this can be done via email or fax, time or resources may prevent citizens from being able to gain access to needed utilities if in-person visitation is not also afforded. Those needing to set up a new water account may visit Utility Services with needed materials on the first floor of City Hall. Please call 580.581.3308 for details on needed materials.
    • Those needing to pay their water bill must do so by drop box (in front of City Hall), by mail, online or by phone. If overpayments are applicable, these will be credited to an account. During this time, the City of Lawton has suspended disconnects – meaning no water will be shut off for lack of payment – but citizens are still responsible for their bill and associated fees and making payment arrangements. Learn more here:
    • Citizens/Contractors dropping of building/construction plans. Those dropping off building/construction plans that are too large to be transferred digitally may drop them in a labeled box at the front desk of City Hall, 212 SW Ninth Street. Call 580.581.3375 with questions or concerns.
    • Those with special appointments for extenuating circumstances.

Citizens are greatly encouraged to watch City Council meetings broadcast through Cable or on the “Lawton Oklahoma, City Government” Facebook page during this time. Those who attend, due to social distancing requirements, may be requested to observe or listen to the meeting in another part of the facility. 

Additional administrative offices across the City, such as that of Parks & Recreation at the Owens Multipurpose Center and the Lawton Arts and Humanities Office at McMahon Memorial Auditorium, will be closed to the general public and services will be conducted online or by phone.  View contact information for any department at

Additional questions or concerns may be addressed through the Community Relations Office at 580.581.3301 or by writing into @email.

The City of Lawton encourages citizens to continue practicing social distancing and limiting community movement to slow the spread of COVID-19. View a list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning City of Lawton/community services/operations during this time at



LAWTON – Published, 3/17/20 6 p.m.

An amendment to the Civil Emergency Proclamation issued by Mayor Stan Booker has been made, which includes the following measures set to take place as of 2 a.m. 3/18/20:

  • The City Jail will be closed to all visitors.
  • All in-person gatherings of more than 10 persons  for social, spiritual and recreational purposes, or similar purposes as outlined in the amendment, will be prohibited. Such gatherings of up to 10 persons shall require social distancing.
  • All bars, taverns, clubs, restaurants, and coffee shops –with the exception of “take out” or “delivery” services by restaurants and coffee shops – shall be closed until the expiration of the emergency proclamation.
  • The City of Lawton City Manager shall suspend the discontinuation of water service during this time.
  • All gyms, workout facilities, athletic venues and theaters shall be closed during this time.

“It is not my desire to cause any financial pain, but my first responsibility is to the public’s safety and I believe these measures to be necessary to stop the spread of this virus,” said Mayor Stan Booker.

The mayor also said he is calling on the community of faith to find “creative ways” to safely reach our community of need.

View the amendment here.

Learn more about COVID-19 and recommended preventative measures at



UPDATE, Published 3/17/20 11:55 a.m.

A copy of the Proclamation of the Mayor of the City of Lawton, Oklahoma Declaring a Civil Emergency can be found by clicking here.



UPDATE, Published 3/16/20 7:05 p.m.

Due to mounting concerns surrounding the nationwide spread of COVID-19, Lawton City Council members have taken action in open session that provides support to Mayor Stan Booker in declaring a State of Emergency for the Lawton community.

This State of Emergency, which will be in place for 30 days and may be extended at the discretion of the governing body, imposes further measures that will help to ensure the health and safety of Lawtonians, to include:

  • Reducing Lawton Fire Code maximum occupancy levels by one-half capacity for all social gathering facilities, restaurants, bars and eateries;
  • Limiting gatherings or events in City limits to no more than 49 people;
  • Revoking all special event permits for the time being;
  • Requiring social distancing for Lawton Area Transit System riders;
  • Implementing procedures and rules to provide schedule of dockets that will accommodate concerns for public safety as necessary.

Furthermore, all activities and non-essential meetings taking place on City of Lawton property will be postponed or cancelled.  Recreational centers run by the City of Lawton will be closed. The Lawton Public Library will also be closed entirely to the public during this time.

All meetings of the Lawton City Council, Lawton Water Authority and Lawton Transit Trust will still take place. In lieu of attendance, citizens are encouraged to watch streamed or broadcast meetings.

“Taking these proactive measures will amount to less stress on our medical system, which will allow for greater health and safety of our entire community,” said Mayor Stan Booker. "We intend to work hand-in-hand with healthcare professionals and the County and State Health Departments as we navigate this situation.”

Contact information for City offices and departments can be found at



UPDATE, Published 3/15/20 p.m.:

For clarification, the implemented measures that went into effect March 14, 2020, do not apply to partner organizations that lease property from the City of Lawton at this time. Should requirements expand, the community and given organizations will be notified.

These organizations/sites include: The Museum of the Great Plains, Arts for All administrative offices, Lawton Community Theatre, Lawton-Fort Sill Arts Council, Comanche Nation Museum, Midway Head Start and Delta Nutrition feeding programs.

We very much encourage all partner organizations to implement preventative measures in accordance with CDC, CCHD, OSDH guidelines.

Events immediately postponed and cancelled that were slated to take place on City of Lawton property or in coordination with City of Lawton staff have included: SWOGS (Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society) meeting, Lawton Public Library; Cover-to-Cover Book Club meeting, Lawton Public Library; Learn Lawton event, Parks & Recreation/LATS mobile initiative; Voter Registration meeting, Patterson Community Center; all Census-related meetings hosted by or alongside City staff for the next 28 days; “Amazing Acrobats from Shanghai,” McMahon Memorial Auditorium; Adultish Crafts for Adultish People, Lawton Public Library.

The above list may not be all-inclusive. Community members with questions or concerns about given events should call appropriate facilities to learn more.

Furthermore, City staff members have been directed to cancel all nonessential meetings taking place on City property during this time. Applicable parties will be contacted by staff about cancellations or postponements, or the status of meetings will be posted to

Please be aware this is a rapidly changing situation that is being closely monitored by City leadership. As additional changes may be implemented, they will be communicated as quickly as possible to the community, media organizations and partner agencies.



UPDATE, Published 3/13/2020 6:40 p.m.

Effective March 14, 2020, the City of Lawton will cancel all events and initiatives slated to take place at City of Lawton sites and facilities as a preventative measure surrounding growing concern of COVID-19. This includes City events, City co-sponsored events and external community meetings or gatherings that take place on any City of Lawton property.

“The safety and well-being of our citizens remains a topmost priority,” said Mayor Stan Booker. “These preventative actions will be in effect for the next 30 days. City Management and the City Council will continue to monitor and assess the situation and provide measured responses as needed. Communication by phone, email and online submission is encouraged during this time.”

Recreational facilities, with the exception of feeding sites and feeding operations, will be closed to the public. City youth sporting events and leagues will be discontinued during this time. Activities at the Lawton Public Library will also be cancelled. A full list of departments and contact information may be found at should citizens have questions.

City Hall will and City offices will still be open to the public for business purposes. All regularly scheduled meetings will take place unless otherwise indicated through staff and/or at The City of Lawton maintains close partnerships and open lines of communication with the Comanche County Health Department (CCHD), the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and other applicable agencies.

Citizens are encouraged to follow credible information on this matter and practice preventative action, as recommended through the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Learn more here: Staff will continue following all guidelines and recommendations of the CCHD, OSDH and CDC in terms of business operations, first responder protocols and emergency preparedness.

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found at ncov/index.html. View all City updates on this matter at information-preparedness.

“Due to mounting public concern, we wish to act proactively on behalf of the community,” said Mayor Booker. “Keep calm, practice good hygiene and know that all City officials are still available to serve you by phone or online communication.”



UPDATE, Published 3/12/2020 3:10 p.m.

City of Lawton youth basketball games for March 12, 13 and 14 slated to take place at Lawton Public Schools facilities have been cancelled. This decision, per Parks & Recreation, was made following suit of the OSSAA (Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association), which has postponed State Basketball Tournaments for the time being and in consideration of community concern. Call the Administrative Offices of Parks & Recreation for additional information at 580.581.3400. Thank you.



UPDATE, Published 3/12/2020 2 p.m.

The City of Lawton is aware of growing concern surrounding COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) and fully support the missions and guidance of our healthcare officials. We maintain close partnerships and open lines of communication with the Comanche County Health Department (CCHD) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

Citizens are encouraged to follow credible information on this matter and practice preventative action, as recommended through the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Learn more here:

At this time, there have been NO cancellations of events or initiatives slated to take place at City facilities or sites. Should cancellations or postponements occur, this will be communicated to applicable stakeholders and the community as quickly as possible through the City of Lawton website (, social media platforms and the traditional Press. However, individuals who are ill are asked to please refrain from visiting City sites. Municipal Court may make certain arrangements for citizens; please call 580.581.3265.

Staff will continue following all guidelines and recommendations of the CCHD, OSDH and CDC in terms of business operations, first responder protocols, event planning and emergency preparedness.

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found at Locally, the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma, in partnership with the Comanche County Health Department and the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, has coordinated a community meeting that will take place at 7:30 a.m. March 13 in the CETES Conference Center at Cameron University, 2800 W. Gore Boulevard. This meeting is open to all.

Find community, work place and school safety tips via the CDC by clicking here.



Published 3/8/2020

The City of Lawton is aware of growing concern surrounding COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") and fully supports the missions and guidance of our healthcare officials. We maintain close partnerships and open lines of communication with the Comanche County Health Department and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 

As the first case of Coronavirus in Oklahoma was confirmed on March 6, 2020, we aim to help educate citizens and provide support as needed. The Oklahoma State Department of Health Acute Disease Service disseminated EMS and 911 Public Safety Guidance, which applicable City department are all well aware of and will continue to abide by. Citizens are encouraged to follow credible information on this matter, which can be found through the following avenues:

View a GIS Map of COVID-19 cases and stats by clicking here.

Additional information via the Center for Disease Control & Prevention:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 through an individual or through travel, and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness (such as cough or difficulty breathing), call your healthcare provider immediately. Learn more about steps you should take here:


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