City of Independence, Missouri

COVID-19: Closings/Cancellations/Postponements

As of June 1, all public gatherings of 50 or fewer people are allowed in the City of Independence and eastern Jackson County.

You can find an overview of the Jackson County reopening phases which apply to businesses and individuals in eastern Jackson County here

All citizens are also encouraged to follow the City on Facebook at facebook.com/CityofIndependenceTwitter @CityofIndepMo, and Nextdoor for updates on this changing situation.

Citizens are now able to report their concerns via the City’s new app - IndepNow. You can download the mobile app from the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here.

Closings/Cancellations/Postponements - please note Phase 1 for City facilities and services reopening began on June 1. Click here for an overview of these changes

Updated: October 9, 2020

  • Business Licenses – All liquor administrative hearings have been cancelled. Business owners or applicants should contact the Business License Compliance officers via (816) 325-7079. To renew business licenses, please visit indep.us/businesslicenses .
  • Code Enforcement – All administrative hearings are cancelled. Code enforcement officers will continue in the field but will limit direct contact.
  • Drop-off Depot – The final Drop-off Depot of the 2020 season will occur on Oct. 10. Regular rates and fees will apply. Visit indep.us/dropoffdepot for a full list of prices and items that will be accepted. 
  • Food Handler/Manager Classes & Health Inspections – Food Manager Classes have resumed (twice per month).  Food handler classes have been moved online.
  • Health inspections - Routine food inspections have started to resume. Citizens should report concerns via the new City app – IndepNow for follow-up.
  • Independence Athletic Complex & baseball fields  – Baseball fields and the Independence Athletic Complex will reopen for practices and games with a limit of 50 participants, coaches and spectators. Games and practices will be scheduled to allow cleaning of facilities between each group. Please review County guidelines for these events here.
  • Japanese Sister City delegation trip postponed – The Japanese Sister City exchange has been postponed until 2021.
  • Municipal Court – In-person court dates resumed on Tuesday, June 2. Individuals have access to pay for municipal tickets or speak to Municipal Court staff at the windows. Please follow the social distancing marks on the floor. Please continue to use the website at municipalrecordsearch.com/independencemo for case updates.
    Municipal Court Hours are Mon. - 9AM - 3PM, Tues./Wed./Thurs. - 8AM - 4PM, and Friday - 8AM - 12PM
    Youth Court Office Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Parks / Recreation / Tourism Facilities  – The National Frontier Trails Museum, the Palmer Senior Center,theVaile Mansion andtheBingham-Waggoner Estate will remain closed through Oct. 31, 2020.
    • Facilities - The Roger T. Sermon Community Center, Truman Memorial Building and George Owens Nature Center will reopen on July 1 with 50 percent capacity and social distancing requirements. Classes will resume at the Sermon Center and Truman Memorial Building with strict social distancing enforced. As of July 1, face coverings MUST be worn at all times in public when an individual cannot ensure they will be able to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. The City will provide masks to those without one when entering a City facility. Learn more regarding this order from Jackson Count here, indep.us/countyphase2.5
    • Skate Park, Courts – Reopened June 1 with social distancing.
    • Playgrounds - Reopened. Social distancing and masks or face coverings required.
    • Spraygrounds closed until 2021.
    • Basketball courts - outdoor courts have been reopened. 
    • Recreation Programs – Park Shelters reopened for rentals on June 1. Patrons using these facilities are strongly encouraged to bring their own cleaning supplies to sanitize surfaces before using picnic tables and gathering guidelines outlined by Jackson County should be followed.
      • Memberships for our various city facilities will be extended past the expiration date for as many days as the facilities are closed.
    • Please call the following numbers for information related to each facility:
      • Palmer Senior Center – (816) 325-6200
      • Truman Memorial Building – (816) 325-7843
      • Sermon Community Center – (816) 325-7370
      • George Owens Nature Park – (816) 325-7115
      • National Frontier Trails Museum – (816) 325-7575
      • Uptown Market – (816) 325-7843
    • Park Trot 5K cancelled – Look for details on 2021 event in January.
    • Adventure Oasis Water Park - Closed for the 2020 season. See press release here for details
  • Independence Uptown Market - The Independence Uptown Market Farmer’s Market opened to foot traffic on July 11. Vendors, staff and volunteers will be required to wear a mask. Visitors will be required to follow markers to move through the space and wear a mask or face covering. Vendor spots will be limited to ensure proper distancing for all parties. 
  • Pre-Development Meetings – Virtual meetings will continue through July due to the size of the meetings. Face-to-face meetings will resume August 1, if phasing criteria is met.
  • Public Works (becoming part of new Municipal Services department)  – Municipal Services Engineering has placed all permit information and applications online for public use. To submit application for permits, applicants will be required to submit all information electronically, including applications, plans, and supporting information. The permits and other departmental information including phone numbers and emails can be found at indep.us/publicworks. For permits where online payment is not currently available, payment will need to be sent by check in the mail. Permits will be processed upon receipt of payment. For emergency permits, application must be received electronically within 48 hours of the emergency. Discussion of plans, projects, and other business will need to be conducted by phone, video conference, or email.
  • Cable Dahmer Arena suspends public events – The Cable Dahmer Arena is open with limited activities and events. Further details will be provided if there are additional cancellations at https://www.cabledahmerarena.com/.
  • Independence Community Ice - Reopened on June 1 with modified operations.

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