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Gov. Stitt criticized after family night out amid coronavirus national emergency

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What seemed like a casual Saturday night out with family turned into a not so friendly barrage of harsh words and comments for Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.

On Saturday, Gov. Stitt posted on Twitter a picture of a dinner date with his kids at Collective OKC.

“Eating with my kids and all my fellow Oklahomans at the Collective OKC,” Stitt posted on Twitter. “It’s packed tonight!” 

Soon after the post, floods of followers replied to the tweet, calling Gov. Stitt, irresponsible and accusing him of not taking the state of current affairs seriously.

On March 12, Gov. Stitt issued an executive order for Oklahoma to prepare for potential coronavirus (COVID-19) spread. Among the recommendations include agencies take the necessary steps to protect vulnerable populations. And on Friday President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus which helps free up resources. 

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Since then, local, county and state governments have encouraged people to limit contact with other people and not travel or attend large gatherings to help curb the spread of the contagious respiratory disease.

As of Sunday, there have been four cases of COVID-19 in the state and 37 people are still waiting for their results, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The post was since deleted but comments about the governor’s actions are still being directed at him. 


“Governor, I want to support local businesses too,” said one post. “But crowded restaurants and bars will transmit virus and make ALL businesses worse off. Encourage restaurants to move to takeout or delivery only, with proper protections for their workers. Social distancing can save lives.”

The governor’s office has not said why the post was deleted from Twitter.

Oklahoma small businesses impacted by #COVID19 can apply for low-interest federal disaster loans through @SBAgov starting Monday. The form and more information will be on @okem website at https://t.co/neVpWuQzIj.

— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) March 14, 2020

President @realDonaldTrump’s decision to declare a national emergency gives states the flexibility & the resources to best meet the needs of their communities. #COVID19 remains my top priority & we will continue to take proactive steps to protect & serve all 4 million Oklahomans. https://t.co/fF0VE4uqHE

— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) March 13, 2020

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