City of Independence, Missouri

Safer Independence Guidelines


City of Independence Mayor Eileen Weir, in consultation with Acting Health Director Christina Heinen, today issued the updated Safer Independence guidelines which go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20.

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 in early December. From now on, the City will issue separate orders and guidelines for residents and businesses of Independence.

Please find below an overview of the updates to the guidelines from the City of Independence:

  • Indoor and outdoor dining is limited to 50% capacity, however there is no limit on the size of parties of patrons.
  • Bars, restaurants and taverns may now remain open as permitted by their liquor license.
  • All gathering limits on faith services have been relaxed. Faith organizations are no longer required to submit a gathering protocol form but are asked to continue voluntarily wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and regularly washing their hands and shared surfaces.
  • 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.

Find the full Health Orders here.

View the Safer Independence Guidelines FAQs (linked below) for more information.

Guidance on masks for businesses