Muskogee county and city governments are demanding that local businesses submit a plan to them detailing how they are fighting the coronavirus. And those businesses have until tomorrow to do it or face the suspension of their business licenses, imposition of fines and “other available remedy to the fullest extent permitted by law.”
A joint resolution by the two governments demanding that compliance will be in effect until modified by them, the order states.
The businesses must fill out a questionnaire and email it to the city, the resolution states, although numerous businesses around Muskogee say they’ve never heard about this resolution.
Some business owners are furious.
“With everything going on now they want to require me to fill out paperwork with the threat of a fine or license suspension?” Lauren Bowden of Bowden Termite and Pest Control said. “It’s so petty and a waste of time. This is one of the dumbest things I have ever seen.”
One Muskogee resident, however, said the move protects people against those who don’t care to comply with best practices.
“Some people aren’t that bright or just flat don’t care. I think the paperwork is a way to hold them responsible.”
The text of the resolution is here.