Events and gatherings are high risk activities at this time. Anyone considering participation in a gathering with individuals outside their immediate household should take additional precautions to keep themselves and their family safe. This includes wearing a mask over your nose and mouth at all times when not eating or drinking, regularly washing your hands and maintaining a social distance of at least 6 feet at all times.
On October 2, Jackson County announced new orders with updated protocols for events and gatherings. Any event with more than 100 attendees is required to fill out this Gathering Protocol form to verify proper precautions are being taken to keep all participants, volunteers, guests or staff safe. This Gathering Protocol must be submitted at least 72 hours before the event or gathering is scheduled to occur. If you would like to fill out a PDF of this form, you can find it here.
For more information on the current order and phase from Jackson County, click here.
Events that may meet criteria for Gathering Protocol requirements include:
If you have questions about your event and if it qualifies for this type of approval in Independence, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for safer ways to get together with family and friends? Here are a few tips to help make these gatherings safer:
In mid-September the CDC issued guidance regarding Halloween and trick-or-treating. While traditional trick-or-treating is considered a high-risk activity due to the many interactions that might occur with individuals not from the same household, they did provide a few suggestions on how to decrease risks. Here are some of their suggestions and guidance:
You can find a full list of suggestions from the CDC here, bit.ly/cdchalloween.
If you are planning a Halloween event, here are some guidelines from the City of Independence: Please verify if your event needs permits, road closures or inspections through our Special Events application. You can find details at indep.us/specialevents.
For those organizations wishing to hold a Halloween event these are the guidelines from the City of Independence:
And finally, the Independence Police Department would like to remind everyone to wear reflective clothing or a reflective item if trick-or-treating to alert drivers in the area after dark. Look for families and children cross the street and decrease your speed in residential areas. Do not eat items that look as though they may have been tampered with and report any suspicious activity as soon as possible.
These guidelines may change as the situation changes at the local, state and federal levels. Please follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor for updates.
The holiday will not look the same this year but together, we can keep everyone safe and healthy.