Preparing for COVID-19
On March 12, 2020, Mayor Eileen Weir declared a State of Emergency in the City of Independence. City Code 11.12.004 grants the Mayor emergency powers to promulgate emergency regulations deemed necessary to protect life and property. This was affirmed by the City Council on Friday, March 13, when the Council approved the declaration of a State of Emergency.
Since this time, residents, business owners and City staff have worked together to provide the support and resources needed to help everyone through this challenging situation. This includes hundreds of donated homemade masks utilized by first responders and volunteer organizations, thousands of hours given by volunteers across the region and more. By working together and taking simples steps to keep one another healthy including regular hand washing, cleaning surfaces that come into contact with your hands, wearing a cloth mask in public, socially distancing at least 6 feet and staying home when you are sick - we will get through this, together.
For those with questions about COVID-19 or looking for regional information, please see the information below:
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Questions about COVID-19, City resources and ongoing changes in our area - call (816) 325-7033.
You can find information on the City's Safer Independence Guidelines for gatherings, businesses, etc. here.
You can find an overview of the City of Independence phased reopening for City facilities and services here.
The Jackson County Health Department now has zip code information for the number of cases in our area here.
12/10/2020 – City of Independence announces new guidelines for residents, businesses
City of Independence Mayor Eileen Weir, in consultation with Acting Health Director Christina Heinen, today issued the Safer Independence guidelines which go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 11.
12/7/2020 – City of Independence re-establishes Health Department
City of Independence Mayor Eileen Weir today announced the City of Independence Health Department has been recognized by the State of Missouri.
12/3/2020 – City of Independence announces changes to public meetings, utility bills in response to growing number of COVID-19 cases
Mayor Eileen Weir today announced all public and employee meetings in the City of Independence will be conducted virtually with no in-person or hybrid options available. Additionally, the City will discontinue commercial utility disconnects for a period of 60 days. All late fees on utility accounts, both commercial and residential, have been waived for the next 60 days.
11/19/2020 – City of Independence asks residents to follow new Jackson County orders
City of Independence Mayor Eileen Weir today asked residents of Independence to follow the updated Jackson County orders which go into effect on Friday, November 20.
11/12/2020 – City of Independence announces changes in services, hours in response to regional COVID-19 case spike
City of Independence Mayor Eileen Weir today announced City facilities would be decreasing hours open to the public due to an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the Kansas City Region.
10/28/2020 – City of Independence launches free saliva-based COVID-19 Testing
The City is using CARES Act Funding to support regional testing efforts with 1,000 tests available each week.
10/9/2020 – City of Independence announces new event gathering protocol, changing hours at City facilities
The City of Independence today announced they would assist Jackson County in the implementation of new orders related to events and COVID-19 safety protocols
9/3/2020 – Utility Assistance Program launches in Independence
The City of Independence is utilizing CARES Act funds to assist families that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 through a collaboration with the Community Services League to help them pay off delinquent utility bills.
6/26/2020 – City of Independence announces firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19
The City has notified impacted employees within the department and additional sanitization has taken place in the shared spaces of the impacted station.
6/22/2020 – City of Independence announces continuation of Phase 1 for City facilities, services
Phase 1 has been modified with a few updates for Parks | Recreation | Tourism Department facilities.
6/15/2020 – City of Independence announces second large COVID-19 outbreak in less than a week, encourages public to take precautions
As of Monday, June 15, 39 cases of COVID-19 had been identified at the Independence Manor, located at 1600 S. Kings Highway.
6/11/2020 – The Groves announces COVID-19 outbreak, precautions taken to protect residents, staff
The Groves, a long-term care residential facility located at 1415 West White Oak in Independence, Mo., announced today there are 34 positive cases of COVID-19 at the location.
6/8/2020 – City of Independence will resume utility shut offs, late fees July 15
City of Independence Utility Customers are encouraged to make payment arrangements before July 15 if possible.
5/14/2020 – City of Independence announces reopening plans beginning June 1 for City facilities, services
The first phase will last approximately 4 weeks and movement into subsequent phases will depend on regional COVID-19 case numbers.
5/6/2020 – Jackson County announces reopening phases, City of Independence shares updates for residents
County Executive Frank White today announced the Phase 1 details for the reopening of Jackson County.
4/16/2020 – Mayor Weir announces Stay at Home order extension to 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.
4/15/2020 – City of Independence announces Adventure Oasis Water Park will not open for 2020 season
This decision was made out of an abundance of caution for the public health and due to budgetary considerations for a limited pool season with an as yet unknown start date.
3/22/2020 – 'Stay at Home' order
Mayor Weir announces changes related to Jackson County 'Stay at Home' order
3/20/2020 – Body Care Services Restriction (March 23)
Mayor Weir restricts body care services effective Monday, March 23
3/18/2020 – Municipal Elections Moved
Municipal elections moved to June 2
3/17/2020 – Long-Term Care Facility Resources, Restaurant/Bar Compliance
Independence provides resources for long-term care facilities, begins compliance checks with restaurants, bars
3/16/2020 – Further Closures, Changes in Services
Mayor announces further closures of city buildings, changes in services to the public
3/16/2020 – All Public Gatherings Prohibited
Mayor announces all public gatherings prohibited until March 31
3/15/2020 – Gatherings of 50+ People Discouraged for 8 Wks
Mayor announces gatherings of 50 people or more discouraged for approximately 8 weeks
3/13/2020 – Service Changes, Closures/Cancellations (State of Emergency)
City of Independence announces changes in services, closures, cancellations as part of State of Emergency
3/12/2020 – City Declares State of Emergency
City of Independence declares state of emergency in response to COVID-19
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