This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in our community. This is a mandatory order enforceable by a fine or jail.
The health officers of four regional jurisdictions are responding to quickly mounting cases and serious illnesses across the region.
Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks. Every hour counts. We need and appreciate the cooperation of everyone who lives and works in Jackson County to act immediately.
While this news may feel alarming, it is a necessary step to prevent a worsening situation. The patterns of the virus around the world, and in our own state, tell us that moving right now to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering is the best way to fight the virus and save lives.
If everyone works together, we should be able to adjust to the new rules over the next few weeks.
We know that there will be a lot of questions and concerns at the beginning of this new regimen. This is a major change being taken to protect public health. Please be patient and kind to one another. Together, we will get through this, and our community’s health will be protected.
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These essential services will remain open:
Essential Businesses and Operations:
Examples of non-essential businesses include:
This goes into effect on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. It is currently set to last for 30 days through Tuesday, April 24, 2020.
We want to be sure the Order is in place for only as long as necessary, and the Health Officer will be closely monitoring the situation every day in order to determine what adjustments make sense.
It is mandatory. You are required to comply, and it is a misdemeanor crime not to follow the order (although the intent is not for anyone to get into trouble).
It is critical for everyone to follow the Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and the whole community.
All persons, businesses, and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the Order.
This is in effect for all of Jackson County Missouri.
You can still get your health needs addressed. Contact your health care provider to see if they are providing regular services. Some services, especially elective procedures, may be postponed or canceled.
If you are feeling sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center.
Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital unless you are having an actual emergency.
Badges and letters are not needed. It’s not our intent at this time for people to be cited by law enforcement as they move around the county or metro. We want to assume people’s good intention that they will follow the order and will be out of their homes for permitted reasons. We do encourage people to stay at home unless they need to perform an essential service or have a job with an essential service or business that cannot be done from home. We encourage everyone who can to work from home and encourage businesses to allow for that as much as possible.
Yes. The mail and other delivery services to your home can continue to function, as can food delivery services.
Yes, you can place more orders from online stores. Delivery businesses that deliver goods or services directly to residences are essential businesses that may continue to operate.
Yes, but only for essential travel.
Do your best to take social distancing precautions: cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze, use hand sanitizer and wash your hands before and after rides, etc.
Yes, but only for essential travel.
Public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis. When using public transport, you should maintain at least 6 feet, two to three steps away, including if you are on the bus or on the streetcar.
You want to help everyone be able to practice social distancing. Therefore, it’s important to only take public transportation for essential activities.
Yes. Drug stores and other medical supply stores can operate. When possible, you should have the drug store deliver your prescription medicine to your home.
The Order specifically allows people to leave their home to buy food, purchase medicine, and purchase other necessary items. It also directs businesses selling those items to remain open and allows employees of those businesses to keep working and to ensure those businesses are operating.
No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open.
Continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally do. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone.
Yes. Be sure that you protect them and you by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.
It is strongly recommended that you do not go to a hospital unless you are seeking emergency medical attention or accompanying a minor who is under 18 years old or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance.
Please use alternative ways to communicate with loved ones at nursing homes and residential care facilities. Like facetime and texting. The residents at those locations are the most vulnerable to COVID-19.
If you need to know more, please contact the facility you want to visit by phone before you leave.
This is difficult, but it is necessary in order to protect hospital staff and other patients.
If possible, walk or drive yourself to the healthcare. If someone else in your home is sick and can drop you off, that is another good option. You want to try to avoid exposing others to any germs you have, especially if you are seriously ill.
If you have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like a surgical mask or N-95 mask, you can wear that to prevent exposing others. If you don’t have that, you could use a temporary method such as wrapping a clean scarf around your mouth and nose to try to reduce droplets when you cough and sneeze.
Although this is not an approved method, it is something you can do to avoid exposing others. Just do the best you can.
Please contact friends, family, or others you know who can provide support. They are permitted to pick up any of your needs.
Yes, but perform good hygiene practices and social distancing.
Yes, but perform social distancing.
We are focused on voluntary compliance. Community has been tremendous in doing so thus far.
The Health Director, working in coordination with Environmental Health and the County Sheriff’s office has the authority to protect the community and make decisions regarding individual restaurants, establishments, and businesses. To report a restaurant, establishment, or business that you feel is not in compliance with the recent order please contact us:Jackson County Health Department Hotline: 816-404-9883Email Us: COVID19@tmcmed.orgOnline Form: https://form.jotform.com/200574798421056
Questions for Jackson County e-mail : Coronavirusinfo@jacksongov.org
No. Places of worship have not been exempted as essential activities under the order. Places of worship can still provide services listed in the order as essential such as food banks and funerals.
Hospitals and medical facilities are exempted from the Order. You are free to go there and get medical attention.
If you don’t fall within an exception, besides performing basic minimum functions, you need to close.
There is effort on the federal level to grant relief to small businesses. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201/text
You will have to work with the host of your event to see if the event is rescheduled or your money will be refunded.
The courts are under the jurisdiction of the State of Missouri. Please call the number on your jury service form for instructions as to whether you should appear. If required to appear, practice strong hygiene and social distancing.
Travel to and from Jackson County is allowed for purposes of performing essential life functions. If you work in a county that is not implementing similar restrictions and are required to go for work, please practice strong hygiene and social distancing while at work and comply with the order while in Jackson County.
Yes, when providing rides for essential activities or providing rides to people performing essential government functions, essential infrastructure or essential business.
We recommend (not require) the following:
Yes, they can continue to employ people and maintain operations. We consider cemeteries an essential infrastructure. However, please implement social distancing.
Yes, but have the food to go (not a buffet) and implement good hygiene and social distancing practices.
Yes, you can go to a laundromat and other laundry service providers.
People who are experiencing homelessness are encouraged to try to stay with family or friends, identify housing options, or access emergency resources such as shelter.
Non-essential businesses can continue operations that can be conducted from employees’ homes or places of rest.They can also continue minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory and facilities and to ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions, as well as minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences or places of rest, provided social distancing is maintained. Any operations that do not meet these requirements must be ceased.
Currently guidance is available on a general (industry) basis and not a case by case (specific business) basis. We encourage all business owners to review the order in its entirety if they believe there is ambiguity about whether they qualify as essential or not.
Golf Courses can remain open for golf, the clubhouse needs to be closed and on the course golfers need to practice social distancing.
Yes. All those activities are allowed under Jackson County’s order if you follow the CDC guidance of social distancing. Use of parks and other public areas are permitted. However, playgrounds have been closed in our parks system.
If working outside and can keep social distancing and 10 or less rule. If inside keep staffing to a minimum and respect social distancing.
Yes. This activity is allowed under Jackson County’s order if you follow the CDC guidance of social distancing.
Yes, businesses that distribute food or drink are classified as essential. We encourage the maintenance of social distancing to the extent feasible in all cases.