City of Independence, Missouri

Preparing for COVID-19

Staff accept donated masks made by independence residentsOn 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 handswearing 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) 325-7121. 

You can find information on the City's Safer Independence Guidelines for gatherings, businesses, etc. here


Press Conference 3/13/20

Emergency Declaration


Press Releases

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The information below is provided by the CDC and will be updated automatically as new details are available.