Emergency Order & Recovery Guidance
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Everything you need to know about the county's mask requirements, plus information about how masks work and how to wear them.
- High-risk persons should continue to stay home except for essential activities. Anyone who is sick should also stay at home.
- Wear a face mask/covering when interacting with others outside your home.
- Always maintain physical distancing (six feet) from anyone you do not live with.
- Maintain the highest levels of cleaning and hygiene.
- UPDATE Clay County Public Health Emergency Order (1.13.21)
Starting Jan. 14, restaurants, taverns, and other venues serving food and drink may remain open until 12 a.m. while limiting occupancy to 50%. Whether indoors or outdoors, groups should be seated, limited to no more than 10 persons and remain six feet from other parties. Masks should continue to be worn when not actively eating or drinking.
- Clay County Public Health Emergency Order (11.17.20)
- Clay County Public Health Emergency Order (8.21.20)
Request Exemption for a Gathering of Over 10 People
Please use this form to apply for your event of over 10 people. BEFORE YOU BEGIN, please make sure your event does not already qualify for an exemption by reading the FAQs below. ALSO, any events that will take place within Kansas City city limits will need to request a waiver via the Kansas City Health Department instead.
- When will the new emergency order take effect and how long will it be in place?
- What is considered a gathering? What gatherings are allowed or not allowed?
- Are weddings subject to the 10-person limit or are they limited to 50 percent capacity?
- I operate a venue that has many events (for example, funerals) that are very similar in nature. Must I submit a plan for each individual event?
- Where can I submit a gathering plan for review?
- What are the new masks requirements?
- Must I wear a mask while working out indoors at a gym?
- How can I report non-compliance with mask requirements, gathering limits, or other elements of this Emergency Order?
- Why is the county requiring masks or facial coverings to be worn?
- I have a disability that prevents me from wearing a mask, what are my options?
Clay County Recovery Plan
The Clay County COVID-19 Recovery Plan was created to help guide businesses, organizations and individuals through this time.
- Clay County COVID-19 Recovery Plan (7.14.20)
- Currently: Phase 2, Step 2
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.
Looking for even more guidance for your business, organization, outing or gathering? Check out the CDC's website and the links below:
- Business Guidance if a Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19 (Clay County PHC)
- Prepare Metro KC Re-Entry Resources
- Comeback KC's Risk Assessment Tool
- Cleaning & Disinfecting Your Facility (CDC)
- Workplaces and Businesses (CDC)
- Daily Activities & Going Out (CDC)
- Healthy Business Operations and Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (CDC)
- Face Masks Required
- Six Feet Apart - 8.5x11*
- Six Feet Apart - 11x17
- Six Feet Apart - 8.5x11 - Spanish
- Business Entrance Sign 11x17*
- Business Entrance Sign - Spanish
- Back to School Posters
- Back to School Posters - Spanish
- Non-English Resources
- Wash Your Hands - 8.5x11
- Stay Healthy, Wash Your Hands - 11x17
- Back to Basics Social Media Graphic
- Back to Basics Graphic - Spanish
- Missouri Resource Toolkit
- CDC Posters & Other Print Resources
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- KC PPE
- Missouri PPE Marketplace
- State of Missouri SNS Order Form (health care facilities)
- State of Missouri PPE Information
- Missouri companies that will perform qualitative and/or quantitative fit testing of N95 respirators.
- Cloth face masks can be used as back up, especially in non-medical settings.
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