City of Independence, Missouri

Events & Gatherings

Large events and gatherings are still considered 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. 

Event and Gathering Approval

February 20, the City of Independence updated the Safer Independence Guidelines. Under these guidelines, entertainment and recreational venues are no longer required to submit gathering protocol forms but must maintain the 50 percent capacity at their given venue. These venues can submit gathering protocol forms for proposed events with capacity greater than 50 percent for review. If you have questions, please call (816)325-6965 or email

Gathering Protocol online form 

For more information on the current order and phase from the City, click here

Events that may meet criteria for Gathering Protocol requirements include:

  • Sporting events
  • Luncheons or meetings

If you have questions about your event and if it qualifies for this type of approval in Independence, please email

Safer gathering tips

Looking for safer ways to get together with family and friends? Here are a few tips to help make these gatherings safer: 

  • Consider meeting in a park, a backyard or the driveway where there is plenty of fresh air.
  • Choose a location with plenty of room, so households can easily stay 6 feet apart.
  • Have everyone bring their own meal and utensils.
  • Wear masks when not eating or drinking.
  • And, avoid handshakes or hugs, instead using words to let them know how much you care.

Spanish translation available here.



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