Emergency Order & Recovery Guidance

Starting April 23 at 5 p.m., Clay County will move into Phase 3 of its COVID-19 Recovery PlanThis progress is made possible by improvements in reports of COVID-19 cases, hospital capacity and vaccination rates.

The public health emergency order was updated on April 23 to reflect this move to Phase 3. Changes include:

  • Masks are recommended but not required outdoors when not social distancing.
  • Social distancing indoors is strongly recommended but no longer required.
Masks are still required in indoor places of public accommodation. The order is set to expire May 28 at 5 p.m.

Additionally, Clay County Public Health Center has published a Continued Reopening Framework which uses key data elements to guide recommendations to reducing restrictions within the order. 
Road to Recovery 4.23 Final

Clay County Recovery Plan  

The Clay County COVID-19 Recovery Plan was created to help guide businesses, organizations and individuals during the pandemic.

Clay County COVID-19 Recovery Plan (7.14.20)

Currently: Phase 2, Step 4

After 5 p.m. on 4/23: Phase 3

More of a visual person? Check out the Recovery Plan Infographic. Also available in a printable format. 

You can also get a better look at the Risk Assessment Tool included in the recovery plan that identifies ways for various sectors to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, it is incredibly important that every individual and business remember these four Recovery Essentials that will help prevent the spread of disease and protect our community:

  1. High-risk persons should continue to stay home except for essential activities. Anyone who is sick should also stay at home.
  2. Wear a face mask/covering when interacting with others outside your home.
  3. Always maintain physical distancing (six feet) from anyone you do not live with.
  4. Maintain the highest levels of cleaning and hygiene.
The goal is to not return to a stay-at-home order, however, if at any time COVID-19 disease rates demonstrate the need to return to those measures, the public health order will be amended.

CDC Updated Guidance - March 8, 2021

CDC Guidance for Full Vaccinated Persons
Stop Spread of COVID-19 - Twitter

Communication Toolkit

We encourage businesses and other organizations to use/print the following posters and other graphics to spread awareness about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

*These signs are printed and available for pick-up from Clay County Public Health Center, your local city hall (Liberty, Gladstone, NKC, Excelsior Springs) or chamber of commerce (Smithville, Kearney).

Make a Complaint


To report a Clay County business that you believe is not following the guidelines and prioritizing the safety of its staff and customers, please submit a complaint here

PLEASE NOTE: if the business' address is Kansas City, you must contact the Kansas City Health Department.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

If you are a business looking for supplies to protect your employees, check out these resources.
Six Feet Apart Poster