Mayor Eileen Weir announced today the Stay at Home order for Independence has been extended to at least May 15. All citizens are asked to stay-at-home except for those traveling to work deemed essential under the order or essential tasks such as getting groceries or items from the pharmacy.
“I would first like to say thank you to our citizens and those working in Independence, it is because of your efforts that we are keeping the curve in our area below critical levels meaning at this time we do not see a lack of hospital beds in our area however we must remain diligent,” Mayor Weir said. “The data we consistently rely upon throughout the pandemic shows the peak for COVID-19 cases in Missouri is not expected until late April but that date shifts almost daily. Please continue to follow the Stay at Home order, practice social distancing, wear a cloth mask when out in public, sanitize commonly touched surfaces and regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds.”
Following are prohibitions or service changes previously implemented by Mayor Weir. This new order extends them until at least May 15. For Independence residents, visitors and members who work in essential jobs, these are some of the key changes you will see:
City of Independence buildings including City Hall, the Independence Utility Center and all Parks|Recreation|Tourism facilities will remain closed through at least May 15.
Yesterday, the City of Independence announced the Adventure Oasis Water Park will not open for the 2020 season.
As previously stated, utilities will not be shut off until further notice and Independence Utilities Customers are encouraged to pay their bills online or via phone if possible. All credit card and online convenience fees have been waived until further notice. If you are unable to pay online, you can pay via check or money order in the overnight drop-off at City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave. or the Independence Utilities Center, 17221 East 23rd St S, Independence, MO 64057. Additionally, all late fees will be waived until further notice.
All restaurants, bars and taverns are closed until at least May 15. Restaurants are able to provide curbside, to-go or delivery services.
All body care services are prohibited until at least May 15. This includes hair salons, nail salons, barbers, tattoo and piercing services, and massage providers. Retail sales at these locations are no longer permitted. Healthcare services such as physical therapy are not impacted.
“Further, we will be providing a detailed plan with staffing proposals to conduct testing and contact tracing for our citizens and surrounding communities to the Jackson County Health Department later today,” Mayor Weir said. “These are critical steps to allow our citizens and staff begin the process of safely working toward reopening our communities. And with the Medical Reserve Corps our community helps administer, we are uniquely position to provide this vital resource.”
For the latest updates on changes to services, closing and cancellations in the City of Independence, please visit indep.us/coronavirus. All citizens are also encouraged to follow the City on Facebook at facebook.com/CityofIndependence, Twitter @CItyofIndepMo, and Nextdoor for updates on this changing situation. Citizens are encouraged to share questions not addressed with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the call center at (816) 325-7033.