Citing COVID-19 concerns, Oklahoma Senate cancels ceremonial swearing in 'out of an abundance of caution'
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Oklahoma Senate has canceled a ceremonial swearing in ceremony set for Monday.
New and re-elected members of the Senate were slated to be sworn in inside the Senate chamber in small groups, followed by a ceremony at the Oklahoma History Center.
The latter event has been canceled, said Aaron Cooper, spokesman for Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City.
"We are making changes out of an abundance of caution due to concerns about community transmission of COVID-19," he said. "The ceremonial event originally planned for the History Center has been cancelled."
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Senators will still be rotated through the Senate chamber in small groups to take the oath of office. Social distancing will be enforced and each senator will only be allowed a limited number of guests.
"Masks will be strongly encouraged for all those participating," Cooper said.
The Tulsa World reported Thursday that at least two House members tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. At least one of those lawmakers attend the House swearing in ceremony Wednesday and did not wear a mask the entire time.