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The amended emergency order will remain in effect until Sunday, May 3 at 11:59 p.m. The order will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be modified as circumstances change based on guidance from public health officials and other experts.
This emergency order was issued to protect the health and safety of all residents of Clay County, with the goal of limiting the continued community spread of COVID-19. It was issued based on the guidance of public health experts, as well as consultations with area medical leaders about the consequences of continued community spread of COVID-19 in the Kansas City metropolitan region on health care availability and access.
The order requires residents to stay at home unless they are engaged in one of the essential activities specified in the order. Essential activities include working in an essential business, obtaining supplies or necessary services, seeking medical care, caring for a family member or loved one, and exercising and maintaining personal health. Individuals are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing to the extent feasible while engaging in these activities, and to stay home if not engaging in one of these specific activities.
Not at this time. Residents can leave their residences to engage in essential activities, including exercising and maintaining personal health (walking/bicycling/running/etc.), working at an essential business, obtaining supplies or necessary services, or seeking medical care. However, we strongly urge everyone to stay at home if they are not engaged in any of these essential activities and to take extreme precautions when they do leave home for an essential activity. There include washing your hands frequently and keeping six feet away from others at all times.
Major categories of essential businesses defined in the order include:
A full list of categories of essential businesses is provided in the order.
The county strongly encourages all essential businesses to allow employees to work from home and to maintain social distancing to the extent feasible in continuing to carry out their operations.
Determinations about which types of businesses are essential are made based on both the necessity of businesses for supporting life and safety as well as the public health risk certain activities pose, particularly those which require close in-person interaction. We may update this guidance based on the advice of health officials as circumstances change.
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.
Gatherings of this sort are dangerous and social gatherings of more than 10 people are currently prohibited statewide per Order issued by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. In-person social gatherings are one of the primary transmission points for the coronavirus, hosting in-person events of this type will facilitate the spread of the disease throughout the community. There have been many examples in other cities and countries where the disease spread rapidly through weddings, funerals, and other social events. Furthermore, social events are not one of the essential activities permitted under the emergency order, so attendees could be held in violation of the order.
All social gatherings of 10 or more people are currently prohibited statewide per Order from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services under direction from Governor Parson. Many faith leaders have been holding services online.
Violations of any provision of this Order constitutes an imminent threat, creates an immediate menace to public health, and shall be considered a violation of Section 205.06 of the County’s Code of Ordinances. These can include fines, orders to suspend business operations, and other penalties.
Businesses/organizations that appear to be in violation of the order can be reported to Clay County Public Health Center here. They will receive a warning call and a member of staff will visit the establishment to see if operations have continued. If the establishment continues to violate the order, local law enforcement will deliver a final written warning before legal action is taken through the county prosecutor.
Yes, public works, infrastructure (including commercial buildings), and housing construction are classified as essential. We strongly encourage construction businesses to carry out their work in compliance with social distancing requirements and guidelines to the extent feasible.
Any manufacturing operation that supplies goods necessary for the operation of other essential businesses (for example medical equipment, transport equipment, telecommunications equipment, supplies necessary to maintain or build infrastructure, sanitation and cleaning supplies, food or beverages, etc.) is classified as essential.
Yes, transit operators (Including railroads, airline and airport workers, and public transit organizations) are classified as essential. Additionally, maintenance providers (such as mechanics or bike repair shops) are also classified as essential, as are suppliers of parts needed to maintain the operations of transit providers. Truckers are also classified as essential.
Yes. We recognize that individuals employed in essential businesses who are traveling (for example medical workers or infrastructure maintenance workers) and/or individuals who find their homes temporarily uninhabitable may need to secure shelter.
Yes, home repair services including plumbers, electricians, exterminators, lawn and landscape care, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and essential businesses are classified as essential.
Yes, businesses and organizations that facilitate and support internet access and communications, including the ability to work and learn from home, are considered essential.
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.
Yes. The city recognizes that many workers in essential industries need access to child care to continue to work. The order includes the following guidance for child care providers and the city recommends that all providers follow this guidance to the extent feasible:
Yes, realtors, leasing agents, building/housing inspection services, movers, and other services necessary to help people find or maintain housing are classified as essential. We strongly encourage all of these services to practice social distancing to the extent feasible and to limit unnecessary activities that can be deferred to a later date.
No, businesses that provide personal services are not classified as essential.
Gyms and workout facilities are not classified as essential. However, individuals are encouraged to use parks and exercise outdoors while they practice social distancing, though certain high-traffic areas such as playgrounds and courts may be closed. Golf courses are allowed to remain open but must operate in ways that allow individuals to maintain social distancing.
No, stores selling primarily tobacco and vaping products are not considered essential.
School are closed up through and including Friday, April 24, 2020 because standard school operations pose a risk to health as a potential venue for community transmission. Schools can continue to operate to distribute food or clothing, provide medical care, or perform any other services deemed necessary to protect the life and property of Clay County residents. This decision was made in close collaboration with the superintendents of the school districts that operate within Clay County. School employees should contact their individual administrators to determine if they are required to work to continue these basic functions.
The county cannot compel any individual to go to work, nor can it make determinations for essential businesses about which employees are essential and non-essential for carrying out its work. Essential businesses can continue standard operations provided social distancing is maintained to the extent feasible. Essential businesses are strongly encouraged to allow employees whose duties can be carried out from home to do so.
If the business is located in Clay County and does not have a Kansas City address, you can submit a complaint here.
For Kansas City businesses, please call 311 or find the number you need here.
The county cannot compel any business to remain open.
A list of resources for businesses and employees is available. The county, state, local philanthropies, and faith-based organizations are actively working on additional support measures and will share more information as it becomes available.
You are still able to keep your normal arrangements. However, if the child is sick or has been exposed to sickness, we would recommend the child to stay in one place to keep the virus from spreading to other places, if possible.
No. For your safety and their safety, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home. The only exceptions are for those who are required to take care of elderly relatives, young children, those that have medical needs or pets. Always take extreme precautions when moving from place to place and interacting with others.
Yes, however they MAY NOT have any self-service food including foods on hot rollers, soda fountains, coffee bars until the rule is lifted. Self-service areas are more susceptible to spreading germs and disease because many people touch tongs, dispensers, etc.
This expiration date for Clay County is not likely to change again. Moving forward, our focus will be on helping businesses and individuals establish safe ways to gradually reopen and return to normal. However, if the spread of COVID-19 increases to unacceptable levels, guidance may become stricter and the stay-at-home order may resume or restart.
There may not be an immediate and obvious change once the order expires on May 3. While some restrictions may loosen and businesses may reopen to a degree, Clay County Public Health Center will still recommend precautions like not gathering in large groups, wearing a mask in public and washing your hands and surfaces frequently. More specific information about what these recommendations look like will be released in the coming days.
Yes, Clay County Public Health Center will be releasing a detailed plan next week. This plan will include guidance for gradually reopening businesses and the recommended size of gatherings and events. At this time, we ask for your patience and understanding as we finalize these plans.
Although both the state of Missouri and Clay County will now reopen on May 3, individual cities may choose whether to put additional restrictions in place. If a business is located in a city whose stay-at-home orders expire at a later date, they must follow the order of that particular city.
Every individual and business must do what they believe is best for their own situation. Although the return to normal will be a gradual one, because of your health condition or other circumstances, you may choose to stay-at-home and self-isolate from the public past May 3. Employees that are asked to return to work but do not feel safe doing so should communicate with their human resources representative or supervisor to discuss ways the company or organization plans to protect them and what their options are.