(StatePoint) As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many people are staying in their homes to help prevent the spread of the disease. Feeling lonely from time to time is natural, but this unprecedented time of social distancing could lead to increased loneliness.
According to the Census Bureau only 46% of Newcastle residents have completed their 2020 Census. Altough this is slightly above the state-wide averaqge of 43.6%, more responses are needed!
Since COVID-19 and Social Distancing have become the NEW NORMAL, businesses have had to create new ways to help their customers. This applies to restaurants and grocery stores, but also others in the customer service industry. Business owners Richard and Tamera Holland now assist their customers just outside the front door of their business, Newcastle Tag Agency. Their lobby remains closed, but they are doing a few transactions for service still available. According to the Holland's, tag renewals can be done either online, by mail, by phone, or in person at the door. “In addition to registrations we are still doing title work and notary services. . said. “However, we have discontinued our fax and copy service and driver license renewal at this time to try to limit contact in our office.” The Department of Public Safety has extended the expiration dates of many items, including: Identification Cards, Oklahoma Class D Drivers Licenses, Handicapped Parking Permits, Commercial Learners Permit’s, and Commercial Drivers Licenses.
Sales and use tax distributions from the Oklahoma Tax Commission this month were less than a year ago, according to figures released Monday..
In response to changes necessitated by the coronavirus in Oklahoma, many brewers, restaurants, wineries and liquor stores have had to adapt to a new normal — social distancing — leaving many establishments closed and searching for new ways to reach consumers. Fortunately, Oklahoma agencies and leadership have responded quickly, providing new orders for online, delivery and curbside options for food and alcohol sales. So far, alcohol demand has been high nationally. U.S. sales of alcoholic beverages rose 55% in the week ending March 21, according to market research firm Nielsen.