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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.
Both essential and non-essential business that are frequented by the public may now open at full capacity. This is only permissible as long as adequate social distancing (six feet) and masking can be maintained. If social distancing cannot be maintained due to facility layout, the occupancy limit should be reduced.
Gatherings including, but not limited to, non-essential business activities, such as: weddings, funerals, lectures, meetings, parades, fairs, festivals, sporting events, and performances may resume as normal but must maintain social distancing and masking guidelines.
Restaurants, taverns, and all other venues serving food and drink indoors may now resume normal hours. Indoor patrons must be seated and masked at all times except when actively eating or drinking. For event space gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, attendees shall maintain proper social distancing and wear masks when not eating or drinking.
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.
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.
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
Both essential and non-essential businesses that are frequented by the public may now open at full capacity. This is only permissible as long as adequate social distancing (six feet) and masking can be maintained. If social distancing cannot be maintained due to facility layout, the occupancy limit should be reduced.
Hospitals and medical facilities are exempted from the Order. You are free to go there and get medical attention.
There is effort on the federal level to grant relief to small businesses. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201/text
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, both essential and non-essential businesses that are frequented by the public may now open at full capacity. This is only permissible as long as adequate social distancing (six feet) and masking can be maintained. If social distancing cannot be maintained due to facility layout, the occupancy limit should be reduced.
We recommend (not require) the following:
Yes. Gatherings including, but not limited to, non-essential business activities, such as: weddings, funerals, lectures, meetings, parades, fairs, festivals, sporting events, and performances may resume as normal but must maintain social distancing and masking guidelines.
Yes, they can continue to employ people and maintain operations. We consider cemeteries an essential infrastructure. However, please implement social distancing.
Funerals may resume as normal but must maintain social distancing and masking guidelines.
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.
Yes. All those activities are allowed under Jackson County’s order if you follow the CDC guidance of social distancing. Parks and outdoor spaces are open. However, playgrounds, shelters and ball fields are closed at this time. (Shelters should reopen with Phase 2, playgrounds and ball fields with Phase 3.)
Yes. This activity is allowed under Jackson County’s order if you follow the CDC guidance of social distancing.