City of Independence, Missouri

COVID-19: Closings/Cancellations/Postponements

As of May 11, all public gatherings of 10 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 @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 begins June 1. Click here for an overview of these changes

Updated: May 20, 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 .
  • Code Enforcement – All administrative hearings are cancelled. Code enforcement officers will continue in the field but will limit direct contact.
  • April 11 and May 9 Drop-off Depot cancelled – The Drop-Off Depot scheduled for April 11 has been cancelled. To find other trash options in the City of Independence area, please visit
  • Food Handler/Manager Classes & Health Inspections – All food handler/manager classes are cancelled until further notice.
  • Health inspections   All routine restaurant inspections have been suspended until further notice. Citizens should report concerns via the new City app – IndepNow for follow-up.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Event – This event previously scheduled for April 4 has been postponed. The make-up date will be shared once it is available.
  • Independence Athletic Complex & Crysler Stadium (Baseball, softball, and soccer seasons postponed) – All athletic programs at these facilities will delay their seasons until further notice. 
  • Japanese Sister City delegation trip postponed – The Japanese Sister City exchange has been postponed until 2021.
  • Municipal Court – Municipal Court has been temporarily postponed until further notice. Court clerks will continue to be available by phone. Payments may be made by U.S. mail or left in the drop box embedded on the wall outside to the left of the lower level doors into City Hall. No cash payments will be accepted. Please continue to use the website at for case updates.
  • Parks / Recreation / Tourism Facilities closed – The Palmer Senior Center, Truman Memorial Building, Sermon Community Center, National Frontier Trails Museum, and buildings at the George Owens Nature Park are closed. All events, classes, programs and rentals are cancelled during this time period. The historic site openings are also delayed. 
    • Skate Park, Courts – Effective Wednesday, April 1, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, racket ball courts and the skate park are closed.
    • Park Playgrounds –  Effective Wednesday, March 25, park playgrounds in the City of Independence are closed to the public. This closure also includes park restrooms and water fountains.
    • Recreation Programs – All rentals, classes, programs, events and activities beginning on March 15 have been cancelled or postponed. Patrons will receive credits for future classes or refunds for cancelled classes.
      • Rentals at the Uptown Market are an exception. The City does not provide an onsite-staff person for rentals at the Market and as such, those will be allowed to take place as scheduled.
      • Historic site openings will be delayed until May 16.
      • The City is working with the Mid-America Regional Council to provide meals for those who have signed up for the onsite lunch program at the Palmer Senior Center for the remainder of the month.
      • 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 – The Park Trot 5K scheduled for May 2 has been cancelled.
    • Adventure Oasis Water Park - Closed for the 2020 season. See press release here for details
  • Independence Uptown Market - The Independence Uptown Market will open for the Farmers' Market on Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in a drive-thru format. You can find full details in this press release here.
  • Pre-Development Meetings – All face to face meetings have been cancelled. Any meeting during the next 8 weeks will be conducted via phone or email.
  • Public Works (becoming part of new Municipal Services department)  – In response to the closure of City Hall, Public Works 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 . 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.
  • Silverstein Eye Centers Arena suspends public events – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena will suspend public events and activities. This includes the Kansas City Mavericks and Kansas City Comets seasons. Further details will be provided if there are additional cancellations on their website
  • Independence Community Ice Closed - The Independence Community Ice rink is also closed to the public.

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