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.
“With the recent recognition of the Independence Health Department as a Local Public Health Authority, we are charged with overseeing the health and well being of our local residents and businesses,” Mayor Weir said. “Beginning Friday, Dec. 11, we are permitting all bars, restaurants and taverns to serve food and drink between 5 a.m. and midnight. Like our peers, we are requiring masks in all public spaces unless actively eating or drinking. Further, for those businesses that do not comply with these orders, there will be strict consequences, including reduced curfews and, for multiple infractions, the potential loss of utilities.”
The City of Independence Health Department was recognized by the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as a Local Public Health Authority last week. From now on, the City will issue separate orders and guidelines for residents and businesses of Independence.
Please find below an overview of the guidelines from the City of Independence:
“We have been fortunate to see a high rate of compliance with orders in our area and have at this time not had to take strong enforcement measures with our businesses,” Mayor Weir said. “We understand these changes will cause questions and encourage our residents and business to reach out to us by calling (816) 325 – 6965 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The full guidelines and FAQs will be shared on the City’s website as soon as possible and shortened versions will be available on the City’s Facebook and Nextdoor accounts.