Ardmore issues stay in place resolution

Drew Butler
A screenshot of the Ardmore City Commission Meeting that was held via webinar Monday evening. Clockwise from top left: commission chambers, Information Technology Director Rob Newell, Commissioner Martin Dyer, Commissioner Beth Windel.

The Ardmore City Commission approved a stay in place resolution during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening. The resolution orders nonessential businesses to close, orders citizens to shelter at their place of residence, closes playgrounds and play surfaces at city parks, canceled the majority of the city’s board and committee meetings, extends the municipal court docket through the end of May.

The resolution provides for these terms to continue indefinitely until voted on by the city commission.

Ardmore City Manager J.D. Spohn said the new resolution basically reaffirms the proclamation issued at the last commission meeting along with adding some new rules.

“It restates a lot of those conditions and adds the stay in place conditions,” Spohn said. “It also will remain in effect until terminated by the city commission so we don’t have to keep coming back to extend it.”

The resolution provides examples of some of the businesses considered to be essential. These include: grocery stores, gas stations, banks and financial institutions, medical facilities and health care operations, laundromats, pharmacies, and childcare facilities providing services that enable essential workers to go to work.

The section issuing the shelter in place order provides for citizens to leave their homes for essential activities. Examples it provides for essential activities include: errands to maintain the health and safety of family, household members or pets, getting necessary services or supplies, engaging in outdoor activity such as walking, hiking or running as long as six feet of social distancing are maintained, caring for or transporting a family member or pet in another household, donating blood, and moving to a new residence.

Spohn said the new resolution also closes several elements at city parks.

“This one will close our playgrounds and basketball courts at the parks, the tennis courts, softball diamonds and baseball diamonds,” Spohn said. “The only thing that will be open at the parks are the walking trails. We certainly recommend social distancing if you go for a walk and ask people not to go in large groups.”

The meeting was held via teleconference with only a few city commissioners and city staff in attendance at City Hall. Commissioners Dyer and Windel participated in the meeting via the web. The meeting was broadcast live via the city’s Facebook page,, and the full meeting can be viewed from the website.

The full resolution can also be viewed via the city’s webpage,, and can be found on the Facebook page as well.